Hi, I have been dabbling with my 600D for a while now. I have the 10-22 usm Canon lens which is great, as well as the kit 18-55 and 55-250 lenses. I also have the 28mm f1.8 prime, which I truly love, but it is broken at the moment. Recently I have been trying to shoot some portraits, i.e. been using the kit lenses a lot. But, however hard I try, the pictures always seem soft and a bit plasticky. I presume that this is due to the cheap, slow lenses, but I am not certain. It might also be due to crappy post (I do shoot in raw, and have access to Lightroom), cheap body, just a general lack of photography skills, or all of the above. Would you like to help me judge? In addition, I find it next to impossible to focus on anything moving towards me or away from me, both due to the 600d's sad tracking focus, and the super slow kit lenses. The first image attached is taken with the kit lens, a few years back (28mm, iso 100, f/4.0, 1/125). Here it seems sharp enough really. But there's no person, so it's hard to judge I guess. I can't find a portrait with that lens right now, but I also cannot remember catching something really remarkable. Here's the 10-22, again seems quite good to me, but again not a portrait (really not something you wanna do with that lens I suppose). Then there's two times the 55-250 at 100mm, 1/320, 1600 iso, f/5.6, and something similar again, and here is exactly what I was talking about. They're in focus alright, but somehow something is missing. I feel like although I am at 100mm, DoF is still lacking. So in conclusion, does the 55-250 suck? Or do I just suck? What are the next steps to up my game? Get one or two fast lenses? Learn some decent color grading in Lightroom / Darktable? Something else? Edit: so I did a google images search for "Canon rebel portrait", "Canon 70d portrait" and "Canon 6d portrait" (5d is way out of my price range). Turns out both rebel and 70d turn up a large amount of images that suffer from the same issues mine do; the 6d however not. It had many images that had the right punch and tone to it. Now of course there are a lot of factors that could play a role here: full frame, better glass going a long with the better camera, better photographers buying better cameras... what is your opinion? Thanks!