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best lens for new portrait photographers

20 Jan

Sharing one of my favorite tips from my Portrait Classroom app today! If you’ve just bought or received a fancy DSLR camera for the holidays there is one additional item you should buy if at all possible. It is a lovely, little lens that creates dreamy portraits and is surprisingly not too expensive. It is the 50mm f1.8 lens!

I am a Canon girl and started with the Canon 50mm f1.8 lens. It sells for about $120 USD. I have since upgraded to their 50mm f1.4 lens for my business but the results with the f1.8 are unbelievable for the price and in most cases all that you will need. Straight out of the box, you will notice dramatic and beautiful results with these “fast”, prime lenses. They allow you to take photos in low light (which is often necessary when you are shooting with natural light and no flash). Secondly, the wide open apertures they allow create beautiful blurred backgrounds behind your subject (also termed “bokeh”). All of the focus, literally, is on your subject when this lens is used at its widest apertures (f1.8, f2, f2.2, etc) which makes for a very dramatic portrait.

Here is B&H’s page for the Canon version of the 50mm 1.8 lens. They also sell the Nikon 50mm 1.8 lens, among others. You can also buy them through Adorama, Amazon, your local camera store and more. The point it – just get one and you’ll be happy you did 🙂 Your portraits will be a lot more professional looking and probably the type of photos you were hoping to get with your fancy new DSLR!

Here is an example of a photo taken with my 50mm lens. With my camera in aperture priority mode, I set the aperture at f2.2. This lens and setting will produce the bokeh / blurred background and sharp subject.

This image is covered in further detail in Tutorial 9 of my app – Portrait Classroom!

Portrait Classroom app: Baby and Child Photography Tutorials
For iPad: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id385486822?mt=8

For iPhone: http://itunes.apple.com/app/id480534706?mt=8

Kim Binfield Photography website