What is a good focal length for people/portrait shots?


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stk

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My digicam has 32-96mm zoom.. what would be the 'better' focal length to take people/portrait shots? 32, 50, 75 or 96mm? heard that wider angles may have some 'proportion' issues.. but is the longer the zoom the better?
 

YSLee

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Anything from 20mm-600mm, depending on what result you have in mind.
 

Darren

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Your assumption is right - wideangles (< 35mm) will cause distortion making near objects seems bigger (eg nose bigger than normal).

The most flattering focal lengths are between 60-130mm, anything more than that the telephoto perspective flattening effect tends to make "pancake" faces.

But, YSLee is partly right although he didn't elaborate - depending on what you want to portray any lense from super-wide to super-tele can be used.

But for your digicam, the optimal focal length for portraits is between 60-96mm.
 

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