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Re: My next lens (portraiture): help?


@bigbrother wrote:

@ebiggs1 wrote:

"I've been finding that the 50 is forcing me to get too far away from my subject most times. For doing a full body shot with decent background framing, ..."

 

First do you know what a "portrait" is?  It isn't a "full body" shot.


Don't really appreciate the condescending tone here; I literally posted all over my question that I might get things wrong, I'm a beginner, have probably missed things, etc. in part to try to prevent people from doing exactly this. But, forum pedants will be forum pedants, I suppose.


Please don't be oversensitive. We're all friends here and try to help each other when we can.

 

There's actually a good reason why a portrait lens makes you back away from your subject. If you get too close, especially if you're taking a head shot, a "normal" or wide-angle lens will tend to exaggerate the length of the subject's nose. Backing away corrects that.

 

If you don't believe me, look closely at the TV sequences of people being interviewed from home because of the COVID lockdowns. Sometimes the person will appear to have an oversized face glued onto an absurdly little head. That's because they're sitting too close to the camera in their laptop, which has a lens wide enough to capture a fair-sized scene but exaggerates the size of the foreground.

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Re: My next lens (portraiture): help?

"Don't really appreciate the condescending tone here;...,  But, forum pedants will be forum pedants, I suppose."

 

Suggestion, swallow a bit of the attitude and listen to the others then. The advice was meant to educate. Nothing more.

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Re: My next lens (portraiture): help?

I guess we could start a go fund me account to send Ernie to niceness charm school Smiley Happy 

 

However, my personal preference is I will take useful and accurate information delivered harshly over a polite but less useful delivery.  Ernie has a ton of experience over a lot of different shooting situations and I appreciate his sharing. 

 

I worked with a lot of people in central admin during my 30 years at the university and my two favorites had all of the charm and tact of Genghis Khan with rabies but they made up for that many times over with competence, honesty, and highly ethical behavior.  We worked well together and put out fires without wasting time.  I look at photography in the same light because if you don't resolve the problem very quickly the opportunity to capture is usually lost and that probably impacts the way some of us look at other situations in life.

 

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Re: My next lens (portraiture): help?

Thanx for that Rodger. My only thoughts were to find out the level of "beginner" the OP is. Beginner has a different definition to different people. Perhaps the others and you can help.

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