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Old 02-23-2010, 12:27 AM
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Re: First Self Portrait - Be Mean plz

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I'm confused :S I thought a 50mm lens was considered a portrait lens because it's closest to what the human eye sees?? And anything over 100mm starts to flatten facial features??

Help! lol
It all depends on the focusing distance from your subject. For a head and shoulders shot, a lens in the 100mm range will make the face look normal. If you come in closer and make the face the same size using a 50mm the face will look distorted, the nose will be bigger, and all the other features out of proportion. 50mm is great for waist up or more.
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Old 02-23-2010, 09:10 AM
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Re: First Self Portrait - Be Mean plz

I use 50mm for full length, my 70-200 for headshots.

Here is a little more info on barrel distortion.

http://www.dxo.com/us/photo/dxo_opti...ons/distortion
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Old 02-23-2010, 10:26 AM
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Re: First Self Portrait - Be Mean plz

Wow...that plugin looks crazy useful. Going to look into getting it. Ty for the link slash.
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Old 02-23-2010, 10:32 AM
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Re: First Self Portrait - Be Mean plz

I didn't even realize the link was for a plug-in... : ) I was just looking for a good site to explain the issue.
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Old 02-23-2010, 12:25 PM
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Re: First Self Portrait - Be Mean plz

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It all depends on the focusing distance from your subject. For a head and shoulders shot, a lens in the 100mm range will make the face look normal. If you come in closer and make the face the same size using a 50mm the face will look distorted, the nose will be bigger, and all the other features out of proportion. 50mm is great for waist up or more.
Thanks Holgaman that's very clear. Had a look at your website, adore the image of the scottie dog on the back of a motor bike

Slash when do you use 200mm for close-up shots of features like eyes and stuff? or for people who have larger noses etc.
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Old 02-23-2010, 12:47 PM
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Re: First Self Portrait - Be Mean plz

I ALWAYS use a longer lens when I can. When in studio, this is tough because of distances, but when shooting outdoors, I always use it. It is more accurate than a shorter lens.

If I can't use a long lens, I correct for it on every image.
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Old 02-23-2010, 03:52 PM
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Re: First Self Portrait - Be Mean plz

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I ALWAYS use a longer lens when I can. When in studio, this is tough because of distances, but when shooting outdoors, I always use it. It is more accurate than a shorter lens.

If I can't use a long lens, I correct for it on every image.
Ok thanks
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Old 02-24-2010, 05:24 PM
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Re: First Self Portrait - Be Mean plz

[QUOTE=LydiaRachael;259836]Thanks Holgaman that's very clear. Had a look at your website, adore the image of the scottie dog on the back of a motor bike

Thanks for the kind words, found the little guy walking around NYC in the rain one day. Those eyes.....
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