A Real World Visual Demonstration of How Various Focal Lengths Work for Portraiture

Fact: lots of photographers don’t know how well a focal length will work for them when it comes to portraits. But don’t worry any longer, we’ve tested a number of them on full frame cameras when it comes to portraits and we’ve got just what you need.

We’ve gone through our reviews index to round up a number of images from various focal lengths to show you how they render portraits.

24mm

28mm

35mm

 

Model: Clay von Carlowitz

50mm

55mm

Model: Erica Lourd

This works best with a longer dress. Higher shoulder towards the camera, grabbing said dress and pulling it out a bit. Slight S shape with the body with one hand closer into the torso

Model: Kita St. Cyr

ISO 100, 1/80th at f1.4 At f1.4, the aperture is very shallow and therefore very little will be in focus. ISO 100 was used to get the most detail since the lower the ISO is, the more details you will get and 1/80th was used to ensure stability when hand holding the lens in the cold.

70mm

75mm

Nikon 50mm f1.8

85mm

Model: Grace Morales

Fernando’s skin tone is associated with orange, his shirt is blue and the trees are green.

90mm

Model: Asta Paredes

Model: Bec Fordyce. F2.8

100mm

Model: Amanda Aiken

105mm

135mm

 

Rokinon 135mm f2