Spring 2012

Spring 2012
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Why are you wanting to use a macro lens for a portrait shot? Maybe you have considered this but why would you not use a 200 f2 or a 135 dc or a 70-200 f2.8? These will give the distance, sharpness, and be flattering to the person. I understand you are also showcasing product. What is your end goal? How will this be used? What size will the print be?


The distance, camera to subject determines the perspective of the image. Consider, things close to the camera reproduce large, and things further away, reproduce small. If you work in too close, the nose reproduces too big and the ears too small. We are taking distortion. It is mainly distortion of the facial features that causes the subject to say, “I look ...


Because it is a macro, you can go closer than usual. You can use it for things like jewelry, wristwatches etc. Consider if 70mm equivalent is not too wide for headshots, though. I believe fashion photographers usually prefer flat look that is typical for longer focal lengths.


Focal length is focal length, macro or not. What makes a macro lens special is that it is designed to have a small closest focusing distance. This allows to take images 1:1 the size of the subject (or 1:2 in this case). Other than that, it can be used like any other lens. Is 71mm focal length too short for use cases that I am doing to shoot all of them ...


Sometimes they are stitched. Sometimes they are made with 35mm full frame sensor DSLRs with high resolution. Currently NIkon sells a 36MP FF DSLR and Canon sells a 50MP DSLR. Sometimes even larger, medium format cameras are used. These cameras may be very high resolution digital cameras in the 50-100MP range or they may be film cameras using very high ...


Professional photographers sometimes use higher-resolution cameras with 40 or 60 MPixels (typical DSRLs, even professional full-frame, have just above 20 MPixel). Another option is surely stitching; there is a multitude of software that does a good job, for example LightRoom, a professional standard tool, does it fully automatically. You can artificially ...


You've already got the portrait lens you need: The 50mm f/1.8. On your APS-C camera it provides an angle of view the same as if you were using an 80mm lens on a full frame body. That angle of view also means you would be shooting at the same distances and getting the same perspective to get the same framing as if you were using an 80mm lens on a full frame ...

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