Portraits, by and large, are one of the most popular – at least in the general public – genres that a photographer could specialize in. There are many niches and specialties within that wide scope of portrait photography, but generally the same rules apply in regards to lens selection. That said, it’s not all about the 50mm and 85mm lenses of the world, so today we will share 4 prime lenses for the discerning portrait photographer.
So why would anyone shoot portraits with anything other than a 50mm or an 85mm? Simple, for more subject-background separation (on the telephoto side, think 135mm) or more environmental context (think on the wider side, 24mm or 35mm). There is a reason that 50mm and 85mm are popular choices, they are good at what they do for portraits – but they aren’t the be all end all of portrait shooting. So let’s get into those four lens recommendations.