Making portraits

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  1. pcouturier

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    What type of lens do you suggest to do portraits of persons?

    Will have a 75-300mm and a 18-55mm.

    Are these good lens to do portraits?
    Or what do you suggest?
     
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    Village Idiot No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    What camera? I could tell you to get an Olympus 35-100 f/2.0, but it wouldn't do you any good for any kind of photography if you have a Sony A100.
     
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    There you go.

    Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II. It's $80ish at B&H.

    That's probably your best bang for your buck and juding on the camera you own and the lenses you currently have, you're probably not looking for a $600 lens.

    Basically unless you're going for a certain stylized look, some what long (50mm = 80mm FoV on the XTI with the 1.6x crop sensor) focal distance with a wide (smaller f/ number) aperture.

    Plus if you stop down the 50mm f/1.8, it's amazingly sharp.

    After that, learn about lighting. That will make the biggest difference in portait photography.

    http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/03/lighting-101.html
     

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