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While I generally agree with the conventional advice here, it's important to also note that there is no rule. There's nothing stopping you from shooting portraits with a wide-angle lens to achieve a result that's a little bit different. Take a look at, for example, the work of the photographer who goes by the nom de guerre 'Platon', who has shot wide-angle ...


The "mm" value of a lens is the measured conical point (in millimeters) from the back plane of the camera where light is focused. This relates into field of view, as the larger the number, the further away the conical point, the narrower the "field of view" that will be captured in the cone. There is no reason why someone can't come out with a 29mm prime ...


No, it doesn't have to be exactly 50mm. I use a Voigt 40mm/F2 pancake lens instead of the 50mm. The 40mm is just perfect. Shot vertically it looks like a very slight wide angle shot with no field relevant distortion and critically sharp...


In my case, because I do star imaging, we too use FOV instead of magnification. Basing on the formula 57.3 x sensor dimension / true focal length to derive the FOV, you'd get 57.3 x 13.2 / 146 = 5.2° which would make it narrower than that of the binos' 6.1°. However, if you must stick to magnification, in the old 35mm film days, 50mm was considered the ...


If your resolution is the same (I think you typed that wrong?) and the lenses are otherwise equal, cropping away pixels will take away sharpness. You will have more detail with the 6mm lens, than you would have by cropping the 4mm lens to show only that 50 degree area.


A longer lens is pretty much always going to potentially be more flattering than a short lens, but that's true of anyone, regardless of age. I think an important question to answer is exactly what kind of portrait you are creating. A head-and-shoulders portrait is different from a full-body or environmental portrait. While you might want to use a longer ...


Facial distortion is likely if the photographer works in too close. Best if the lens used is a moderate telephoto. We are talking 2X thru 2 ½ X of the focal length that is “normal” for the camera’s format. “Normal” is a focal length about equal to the diagonal measure of the imaging senor (or film frame). For the Fx (full frame), that’s 50mm. Thus 100 thru ...


Do portrait photographers ever use wide or ultra-wide angle lenses as a main lens for children portraiture, or are long focal lengths the better choice? It is highly unlikely that any portrait photographer would use a wide or ultra-wide angle lens as their main lens. Of course it is possible but far from typical. In the particular case of kids, ...


As always in photography (and most other arts), rules are generally accepted, but they are ment to be broken if it fits your cause. To answer specifically to the question about children photography: what you describe is not completely wrong and can be applied in the sense you would want to. You can find some examples in the following link. From the second ...

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