When shooting portraits it’s important to take into consideration the focal length of your lens. As Jay P. Morgan explains in the following video, depending on what focal length you’re shooting with, you could get some rather undesirable distortions of your subject’s face. Some of these distortions can be remedied by moving further from your subject, but that it is not always possible. Have a look at the short video tutorial to see what lens will best suit your needs:
You can see in the photograph directly below that a 135mm lens offers very minimal, if any, distortion. This is what makes the 135mm lens Morgan’s choice when taking headshots and portraits.
Here is an example of a 70mm lens. You can see some minor distortion on a 70mm lens; the face is slightly thinner and elongated…
And finally, a 24mm. The distortion on a 24mm lens becomes very noticeable. The model’s face appears alien like…
Morgan did make some adjustments to these photographs; however, the lens distortion you see here was not changed during editing. Hopefully, this gives you a little more perspective on how focal length works and what to expect from each of your lenses.
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