6 Spectacular Portrait Lenses for Sony Mirrorless Cameras

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A7r Mk II product images review (2 of 3)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 2.8

It would be hard to argue that Sony does not have the attention of the photographic community, with their A7 series of full frame mirrorless cameras (somewhat surprisingly to be honest) still the only player in the game. While the A7 series may not have the autofocus to challenge DSLRs in action situations quite yet, for portrait photography the A7 series is more than capable.

In today’s roundup we have 6 amazing lenses for portrait photography on the Sony system. I would like to note though that these lenses are not in any particular order, this isn’t a ranking or stat sheet, it’s just meant to provide some good direction for Sony shooters or potential Sony shooters who are looking into portrait options with Sony. So lets jump right into it, shall we?

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Retropan 320: Soft, Modern Vintage Portraiture


All images and words by Alasdair Dougall. Used with permission.

While being at odds with itself, the title is the best way to describe Retropan 320 Soft, the film Foma released in 2015. Being an avid film photographer, I was very pleased to introduced Retropan when dropping of some film of for developing. I use Blanco Negro to hand develop my film, and while more expensive than lab processing of film, the owner, Christopher Reid, is one of the unsung heroes, who quietly promotes the film cause. It was his recommendation that lead me to try Retropan, and armed with a couple of rolls, I decided to see just how good the film really was for portrait photography.

I work with digital and analogue when shooting, but I have rediscovered the joy of film photography and the discipline it demands. No more quick test shots to see if things are working. It is now a case of planning the shot and checking all settings are correct. The research needs to extend to the film you plan to use, as well.

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8 Spectacular Portrait Lenses for Canon DSLRs

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Rokinon 135mm f2 review product photos (2 of 6)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.8

Canon is the most popular camera system on the market, despite all the mirrorless buzz, and that means many of you are likely looking for some awesome portrait lens options for your Canon kit. Lucky for you, we have a great roundup of lenses on the docket today and all of them are great options for you Canon invested portrait photographers.

In this roundup we have 8 incredible lenses for portrait photography on the Canon system. So lets jump right into it, shall we?

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Camera Lens Manufacturers Explain The Rise of Backlit Portraits

Model: Grace Morales

Years ago, every photographer used to say that you should never backlight a portrait subject due to the way that lenses render the scene. For a long time, it was very difficult to get any sort of detail on a subject when the sun was behind them. But then things started to change. Lens technology and glass coatings became better and better which delivered more contrast in a scene and brought out more details despite the subject being backlit.

To explore why and how this change happened, we talked to Zeiss, Sigma and Tamron about how it all came about.

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5 Spectacular Portrait Lenses For Micro Four Thirds Cameras

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus Pen F product images (9 of 9)ISO 4001-160 sec

Micro Four Thirds is unique in that two companies produce cameras for it, so naturally there are some killer options as far as lenses go – but a bit of overlap as well. Shooting portraits on Micro Four Thirds is interesting, due to the 2x crop factor (effecting both focal length and aperture) it can be hard to get that popular shallow depth of field.

In this roundup we have 5 incredible lenses for portrait photography on the Micro Four Thirds system. So lets jump right into it, shall we?

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Five Modern Portrait Photographers With Beautiful Film Photography (NSFW)

Modern Fifties: Waiting Model: Elena MUA + Styling on set: Ingeborg Soolsma Wardrope Styling: Paulien Suykerbuyk Cambo SC-1 Kodak Portra 160 NC 4×5″

All images used with permission of the photographers. Lead image by Paul Van Bueren.

Actress Keira Knightly said something very profound about film photographers once:

“I’ve noticed that the people who started on film still have the ability to see the person in front of them. Whereas for a lot of photographers who have only ever worked in digital, the relationship between the photographer and the person who they’re taking a picture of sort of doesn’t exist anymore. They’re looking at a computer screen as opposed to the person.”

Portraiture is something indeed that is very personal to many of us. But so is film. We’ve went through our archives to round up a number of film photographers shooting portraits that you’ll be inspired by.

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How to Get 20k Instagram Followers


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This post was syndicated from Format, prepared by Anthony Thurston. Originally done by Alex McGill.

Do you want more double taps? Get your count up with advice from photographers with 20k+ followers.

As a photographer, designer, or artist, you know that Instagram can be a powerful tool for getting your work out there. But curating your feed to attract new followers can be hard work. It’s all too easy to find yourself with an Instagram full of selfies and endless photos of your cat. How do you maintain that personal vibe while also successfully using your feed to show off your creative work?

We spoke to a few seasoned Instagram users with enviable follower/following ratios to get their tips on how you can improve your Instagram. From breathtaking landscape photos to perfectly-planned style shoots, these creatives know what makes an Instagram feed work. Hint: be yourself.

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8 Fashion Photographers Discuss Overcoming Obstacles

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All images used with permission from the photographers. Lead image by Gina Manning.

Every photographer needs to overcome some sort of obstacle in order to grow. Whether you’re a professional trying to make it into an agency that will get you more work or you’re a portrait photographer that wants more followers on Instagram, you’ve got to figure out a way to overcome these roadblocks. We talked to eight different fashion photographers about how they went about overcoming some of these obstacles and what they were.

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