85mm vs 135mm Lenses for Portraiture: Which One Should You Work With?

One of the things that many portrait photographers and headshot photographers struggle with is figuring out whether they should get a 135mm or 85mm focal length for their portraiture. It’s a tough question if you don’t understand how one lens works vs the other option. In truth, they both do different things, but I’m not sure that there’s a great reason why a photographer would want to have one vs the other option. They’re both lens focal lengths that can do very specific things and do them very well.

So we break down which ones are best for you.

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Omri Shomer’s Street Photography Uses Spotlight Style Lighting

All images by Omri Shomer. Used with permission.

When you look at the street photographs of Omri Shomer, you start to see work that’s typical of many photographers though in a different way involving the use of specific lighting, color, and urban geometry. Indeed, Omri’s work is pretty fantastic from an artistic standpoint. The 34 year old Israel-based photographer started taking photos at the age of 13. His early influences are rooted in using an 8mm video camera which then branched out into using a 35mm pocket camera.

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The Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Highlights The Selfie Mirror and High Key Lighting Mode

This morning, Fujifilm is announcing their brand new Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 camera. This is apparently an update of some sort to the Instax Mini 8–and doesn’t do a whole lot with the update but will surely satisfy lots of enthusiasts who simply digg using it. The new Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 camera seems to not only have new colors but also a better (I believe) selfie mirror, high key mode (which is new) and an attachable, close-up lens. Other cameras have had the latter before.

When hits the stores, it’ll be available for $69.95. The company’s press release is after the jump.

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Zen: Musings on The Meditative Act of Photography

I close my eyes. The air is cold, blanketing the ground in a light frost, causing harsh shivers that race down my spine. I hear birds in the distance screaming at one another in a cacophony of song and screech. The star-filled sky above me is a deep romantic blue. I take a deep breath. I can smell smoke from a campfire that was extinguished only hours ago. I slowly open my eyes. Along the eastern horizon I see a glow; faint, but growing.

As the glow brightens, my pulse quickens and I begin running numbers through my head: f/8, focus at 100 yards, ISO 200, 1/15th of a second. The sun breaks the horizon and now I start breathing slower as the photos start appearing on my LCD display. I make some slight adjustments to my settings as the scene, ever dynamic, changes in subtle ways. I am consumed by this moment, and then in an instant, I am finished.

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Film Emulsions with a Look You Can’t Get in Digital Photography

Lead photo by Doctor Popular. Used with a Creative Commons License.

There are loads and loads of film emulations that have been more or less copied with presets for Lightroom. Everyone has their own interpretation, and for the most part if you ask any film photographer, they’ll tell you that they don’t look like film. At the same time though, there are film emulsions out there that really don’t look like anything that can possibly be replicated in digital.

Here are some of our favorite film emulsions that digital hasn’t yet copied.

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Tougher Than You Think: How to Shoot in a Studio Style With Film

Shooting in a studio or studio style with film changes a lot more of the photography game than you’d think. You see, there’s no taking a photo, chimping, and saying you like the image or not. You have to get it right the first time around. There’s also a major difference in what can be done with color correction and a lot more. But the biggest thing is the fact that you and your subject will have a much greater sense of connection due to how you need to communicate a whole lot more.

In this post, we’re going to focus a bit more on the technical details.

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Rinzi Ruiz on Using Colors and Lighting in Street Photography with the Fujifilm X100F

All images by Rinzi Ruiz. Used with permission.

The photography of Rinzi Ruiz has always has a very noir-esque look to it. His works over the years has been evolving quite a bit but still retains a lot of that core look to it. Rinzi attributes this to photographers like Ray K Metzker; but if you ask me it also looks a lot like the movies–and of recent he’s been using the Fujifilm X100F.

When I was first getting La Noir Image started, Rinzi was one of the first photographers to sign up to be featured. For that, I’m very thankful–especially with the high quality of his work. So now that he has been playing with the Fujifilm X100F for a while, we wanted to see what he thought and how he’s using it to create and capture the scenes that he does.

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Jonny Baker’s Lifestyle Street Portraits Focus on Street Fashion

All images by Jonny Baker. Used with permission.

“Initially the impact fashion magazines had on me created my desire to develop my career and pick up the camera,” says Tel Aviv based photographer Jonny Baker about why he wanted to get into the Street Fashion genre of photography. “Bill Cunningham was a big inspiration to me. I today move around my city capturing the fashion conscious and the natural facial expressions which Bill gave to the world. The street is the worlds best catwalk and I have the best view point moving around the streets photographing it’s people.” Jonny equates his need for his camera being on the same level of people needing coffee to start their day. He thrives off of knowing that he can capture any moment at any time of the day.

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