Recommended lens for portraits and poses?


Senifer

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I'm new here and would like to try out taking photos of models, however i don't know what are the lens that are recommended to use. And experts or pros willing to share their wisdom? Many thanks.:)
 

daredevil123

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How can we help you when you do not even mention the camera you are using, and your budget? and how you like to shoot?
 

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I'm new here and would like to try out taking photos of models, however i don't know what are the lens that are recommended to use. And experts or pros willing to share their wisdom? Many thanks.:)
Hi Senifer.

Try doing a search on here, this is a topic that is frequently covered.

But essentially, you can use any lens to shoot a portrait, so it really depends on what you hope to achieve and the type of shot you are going for. Play around with your current equipment and use that, until you start to see the limitations in that gear and realise what you wish you had. In other words, the recommendation is to buy when you feel a need, rather than buying because there's an "ideal" setup that you need for portraits.

For starters, there isn't.
 

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I'm new here and would like to try out taking photos of models, however i don't know what are the lens that are recommended to use. And experts or pros willing to share their wisdom? Many thanks.:)
simple....go for such a shoot and see what the others use. then do research like asking why they use the lens?
 

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try your current setup first, enjoy the range you have and explore your own style.

portraits can be shot from anything wide to super tele depending on what is your intended outcome.

there are many lenses coined for portrait mainly 50, 85, 105. if you go on i think 135, 200, 400mm all of them still fit the category as long as that's what you really want your photo to be.

i tried before 300mm for a full body, it was fun but standing 50m away and shouting isn't lol

hence, go 'fool' around first before settling down with your own choice, that should help alot really
 

sprintist

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simple....go for such a shoot and see what the others use. then do research like asking why they use the lens?
i suggest shooting your own family members or friends first, find out how distortion can/cannot work for portraits too, btw you may want to check out how the wedding photogs under the weddng gallery shoot make full use of wide angle lenses for poses in environmental portraits

good luck!
 

nedy77

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No specific lens is made for portraiture but as a safe general rule,standing a minimum distance away will avoid distortion. It also depend on if you are taking full face or half body or full body shots
 

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I'm new here and would like to try out taking photos of models, however i don't know what are the lens that are recommended to use. And experts or pros willing to share their wisdom? Many thanks.:)
yet another one.......... *shake head*

anyways, for potraits you generally want shallow dof. note that i say generally. there are cases where you actually want the dof...... so generally most people would use lenses with large maximum apertures to help in that aspect.

the most common choice (because of price) is a 50mm prime, usually f/1.4 or f/1.7.

other than that, as jed says, you *could* use any lens to shoot a model, just take note of the distance you should start away to avoid what is known as distortion.. this has nothing to do with the lens' characteristics (like barrel/pincushion distortion), but everything to do with the focal length.
 

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'Official' answer, "Any lens can do portraits" :D

Personally I have found the 50mm to be cheap, fast for shallow DOF shots, good working distance (esp indoors).

There are many others of course (in fact any lens) ;)
 

kklee

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Start with a 50mm and progressive work towards a 70-200mm f/2.8
 

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your profile state you have a 18~105 lens, and got it for less than two weeks, you can start with that lens, when you can use that lens to shoot decent portraits, you will know what you lens want next.
 

Senifer

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Hey so sorry i didn't state my equipments. I'm using a D90 with kit lens 18-105mm.
Anyway, thanks for the kind advices by all the people here. I was thinking about 50mm f/1.8 too(due to budget). I currently borrowed a 50mm f/1.8 from my friend and tried with it, realise it can do some portrait well, therefore i was hoping if i could get some answer which tally mine. :)
 

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Hey so sorry i didn't state my equipments. I'm using a D90 with kit lens 18-105mm.
Anyway, thanks for the kind advices by all the people here. I was thinking about 50mm f/1.8 too(due to budget). I currently borrowed a 50mm f/1.8 from my friend and tried with it, realise it can do some portrait well, therefore i was hoping if i could get some answer which tally mine. :)
your 18-105 covers that range too, only the aperture varies from 50 1.8.

Try shooting at longer focal length too and see how you can create shallow depth of field with your current lens too then decide if you really want the 50mm for the bokeh, its a great lens nevertheless for many other purposes including macro :)
 

Blur Shadow

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Most lenses can work. If you want to experiment with large apertures, the 50mm f/1.8 is cheap
 

kaiqi07

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Thank you. Decided to get a 50mm f/1.8. :D
I am pretty new to photography too. been shooting casually for the past 3 years. My very first lens is Tokina ATX pro 28-70.

The second lens i bought is actually nikon 50mm F1.8. I can say its a very good and budget prime lens. I had shot a lot of portrait shot with it and is very happy with the results.

Recently I sold away my tokina ATX pro and gotten myself a new Tokina 12-24 F4 wide angle lens. I am one happy man right now. :D

So go get that PRIME LENS LOL... go go go
 

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State your budget next time you ask for recommendation..

Most of time cheap does not link with good..

Is the 50mm F1.8 recommended ?
Definitely cheap but is it a performer among all the variation of 50mm focal length ?

Go google
 

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