I have my kit lenses and doing a senior portrait shoot tomorrow, what one should I use?
I own a Sony Alpha A-330 and am doing my first paid photography job tomorrow. I have a 18-55mm lens and a 75-300 mm lens. Which one would be better for portraits? I understand that the 50 mm 1.4 or 1.8 would be better. I don't have them though. It is going to be my next purchase. I have to work with what I have.
Asked By: Too Cool For Me - 7/15/2010
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It depends what kind of portrait. Will this be a half body shot, or a head shot, of a full length. Will you want to keep the background in focus (because it is a part of the theme of the shoot) or do you want to throw the background out of focus and make the person pop off the page... More
Answered By: Rudy H - 7/15/2010
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The 18-55 would obviously be better; but their also not the perfect lens for portraits. You should use it at around 50mm zoomed in... More
Answered By: iCan - 7/15/2010
I also recommend the 18 to 55 mm, zoomed in to near maximum magnification. This will tend to flatten the subject down to near a single plane. Having to physically come in close to the subject of a portrait will tend to make the nearer features, like the nose, appear larger and features further back, like the ears... More
Answered By: Vince M - 7/15/2010
If you use the 75-300, the only real setting you would be able to use would be 75mm-85mm. The 18-55 is usable from 35mm-55mm... More
Answered By: Kevin K - 7/15/2010
If you really only want to take one lens, I would take the 18-55. For one thing, 35-55mm is where you are likely to do most of your shooting anyway. For another, it weighs half what the other lens weighs. The 75-300 weighs 1lb while the 18-55 doesn't quite weight 8 ounces. So when shooting handheld you will find... More
Answered By: casperskitty - 7/15/2010
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