Lens Selection in Portrait Photography
- Oct 17, 2019
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No portrait, no photography! For many visitors, the significance of the camera lies in the most charming moment of the fixed-frame girl. And among them, the fresh and transparent Japanese and Korean models are the most popular themes at present, so when we shoot such themes, how should we choose a variety of lenses? The following will certainly help you.
An indispensable large aperture lens
EOS 6D Speed: 1/125s Aperture F4 ISO:200 Focal Length: 50mm Standard Focal Section Displays Image Details
For the shooting of portrait works, the most commonly used lens is the large aperture lens, which can create a very dreamy background illusion effect, especially for the performance of fresh portraits can be regarded as a hundred trials!
The lens I first recommend is Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II. The price in the beginning of 600 yuan has the maximum f/1.8 aperture, which is enough to meet your demand for large aperture. So what do you need to know when using a large aperture lens?
EOS 60D Speed: 1/800s Aperture F1.8 ISO:200 Focal Length: 50mm Do not worry about the maximum aperture will cause too much impact on the picture.
Shrinking two apertures while shooting? No! Make sure it's all open!
Perhaps you are often told that the aperture can't be fully opened. You have to narrow the aperture to use it. Otherwise, the sharpness of the picture will decrease.
This advice is acceptable most of the time, but when you shoot a girl portrait, ignore it. Too sharp pictures will make you waste extra time to polish the skin later, and enjoy the illusion effect brought by the full aperture is the kingly way.
EOS 60D Speed: 1/250s Aperture F1.2 ISO:100 Focal Length: 50mm
The above image is taken by Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM. The aperture is fully opened to create a very good background visualization effect.
The virtualization brought by large aperture is not only for the sake of good-looking, but also for the removal of cluttered background and highlighting the main body.
In addition to conventional creation, if you encounter some very chaotic background, you can also use a large aperture to make the background virtual. This will make the whole picture more concise.
EOS 6D Speed: 1/250s Aperture F1.2 ISO:100 Focal Length: 50mm Use Large Aperture to Filter Chaotic Background
In addition to the fictitious background mentioned above, you can shoot in a different way: capturing the beauty of detail with shallow depth of field.
Does a portrait photo have to have a face? Obviously you can't be imprisoned by this idea when you create.
People are the main body of portrait photographs, but when you take a group of photos, the combination of some local portraits of people or close-ups of flowers and plants around the group often greatly improves the style of the group photographs.
EOS 7D Speed: 1/800s Aperture F1.8 ISO:100 Focal Length: 85mm False and Real, the picture is hazy and sweet.
The picture above is taken with Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM lens, which has a large aperture and a high cost performance ratio. (Of course, you have other options: EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM will be better!) The aperture is fully opened and then as close as possible to the main body, creating a very shallow depth of field effect.
Choosing to shoot people's hair can avoid the common stereotype of big head photography. Being good at discovering details often captures wonderful feelings.
Above is the case of taking portraits with fixed-focus large aperture lens, so can wide-angle lens also take good portrait photos? 2. Using Wide Angle Characteristic to Film Fresh Portraits
Photography has never been "certain". Wide-angle lens can also shoot fresh portraits. Let me share with you some of my experience in shooting small fresh portraits with wide-angle lens.
Tips 1: Backlight warm tone, wide angle can also be small and fresh.
Photography has never been a mechanical combination of aperture and shutter, more often the art of using light. You might as well try to put your lens in front of the sun, you will have unexpected gains.
Of course, it's better not to be the noon sun, because the light ratio at that time is too strong, and the contrast between light and shade is relatively large. It is suggested to choose early morning or evening, and try to use some buildings, trees or characters to block the brightest sun, so as to reduce the probability of error in automatic light measurement of cameras.
In terms of lens selection, 24mm focal length is a good choice. Canon has 24mm in many lenses, such as EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM, or standard zoom EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM.
EOS 6D Speed: 1/160s Aperture F4 ISO:100 Focal Length: 24mm Backlight Shooting
The original of this photo is actually not so gorgeous. I used a more tolerant RAW format to shoot it earlier, and then made some adjustments later. Properly adjust the color temperature to make the whole picture warmer, and also improve the saturation and exposure of the shadow part. Tips 2: Wide-angle proximity can also be virtualized
In fact, the virtualization is because the depth of field is shallow enough. If you want the shallow depth of field, besides the large aperture and long focal lens, you can also achieve it by approaching the subject. In the same focal section and aperture, the closer you are to the main body, the better the effect of background visualization. Of course, we should pay attention not to be too extreme, too close to the focus oh!
The following picture is taken at a wide angle of 24 mm, and the aperture f/4 is not too big. However, if you look closely at the background, you will find that there is still a good illustration effect. This is because the position is close enough to the main body, so there will be a shallow depth of field.
EOS 5D Mark II Speed: 1/30s Aperture F4 ISO:200 Focal Length: 24 mm Close to Wide Angle Lens can also visualize the background
Tips 3: Wide angle to the end!
It is undeniable that using wide-angle lens will have greater perspective effect, slight distortion, non-prominent subjects and other issues, and even many people will feel that wide-angle is suitable for scenery, not suitable for portraits. But can't wide-angle really take portraits?
EOS 6D Speed: 1/160s Aperture F4 ISO:100 Focal Length: 18mm Using Wide Angle Upbeat
A clean red wall, a girl in plain clothes, uses the perspective of wide-angle elevation to create the right image. As long as you use it well, in fact, you can take good portraits in wide angle.
EOS 6D Speed: 1/160s Aperture F4 ISO:100 Focal Length: 18mm Low Angle Portrait Shooting can get exaggerated perspective effect
3. Make use of the characteristics of long focus to shoot wonderful portraits.
Speaking of portrait photography, we can not but mention the long focus lens. EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM is also one of the "standard" for shooting fresh portraits. So what effect can be achieved by using the long focus lens?
Unlike the large aperture lens mentioned earlier, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM provides a full f/2.8 aperture, which allows you to control your depth of field as much as possible during shooting.
EOS 5D Mark III Speed: 1/250s Aperture F2.8 ISO:100 Focal Length: 135mm Focal Length, Better Virtual Effect
EOS 5D Mark III Speed: 1/160s Aperture F2.8 ISO:100 Focus: 90mm Long Focus Lens are also good at presentation details
EOS 5D Mark II Speed: 1/500s Aperture F2.8 ISO:100 Focal Length: 200mm Reflective Fresh Portrait, Highlighting Quality
It is not difficult to see from the above three samples that medium and long focal lenses with focal length of 70-200 mm are not only suitable for taking pictures with background illusion and prominent characters, but also suitable for the details of the characters. Girls should make full use of the advantages of zoom to compose their pictures while taking pictures. Of course, Canon also has several long focal lenses. Selection, such as EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM, EF 70-300 mm f/4-5.6L IS USM.
You don't have to confuse the good and bad of the lens, but you should pay special attention to the idea of shooting. After understanding the characteristics of each lens, making pictures with these characteristics is the correct shooting idea, and also the basic starting point for you to choose the lens.