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May 13, 2013 21:46 |  #1

I am doing cap n gown portraits for some underprivileged high school graduates this weekend. I was doing some test shots today, and noticed that I am able to get a lot closer to the subject with the 85 on my 5D than I did on my Rebel (Duh :o )

My question is will this be ok? I hear people talk about distortion and making your subject's head appear too large in relation to their body. Is this only with Wide lenses, or anytime you are within 3 or 4 feet of your subject? The only other lens I have is my 24 - 105, and I would really like to shoot at least f/2.8 in order to get separation from my backgound.



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May 13, 2013 21:52 |  #2

Yes.


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May 13, 2013 22:35 as a reply to  @ raptor117's post |  #3

85mm is a very decent focal length for head and shoulder portraits using a full frame cmera.


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May 13, 2013 22:41 |  #4

Love my 85 1.8 and 6D combo ... here is a shot from a recent senior.

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May 13, 2013 22:48 as a reply to  @ woods's post |  #5

Actually, the 85 was designed specifically with portraits in mind!


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May 13, 2013 22:49 |  #6

woods wrote in post #15929546 (external link)
Love my 85 1.8 and 6D combo ... here is a shot from a recent senior.

Was this photo cropped, or were you standing close to the subject?



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May 13, 2013 22:51 |  #7

Cap and gown you probably don't want a fast lens. You probably want a controlled background and all of the subject in focus. I'd stick with the 24-105L and use some of your lighting.

Of course if you wanted BG blur, then 85mm f1.8 will deliver in spades.


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May 13, 2013 22:55 |  #8

85mm on FF is perfectly fine for portraits.

Agree with Taylor, you're probably going to want to keep most of the subject in focus with a simple, solid colored backdrop/background if possible.


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May 13, 2013 23:00 |  #9

BrickR wrote in post #15929589 (external link)
85mm on FF is perfectly fine for portraits.

Agree with Taylor, you're probably going to want to keep most of the subject in focus with a simple, solid colored backdrop/background if possible.

I was doing some test shots tonight with my 24-105, and at f/4.0 at ISO 100 I was not able to get enough light for a good exposure using 2 of my flashes shooting through umbrellas. (I had my flash on 1/2 power). Would it hurt to bump my ISO to 400 or 800 for these portraits? What about using my flash at full power? Would that hurt my flash?



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May 13, 2013 23:30 |  #10

It's not going to hurt your flash unless you rapid fire for long periods of time. You'll have plenty of cool down waiting for the next person to get into position. But honestly, on the 5D3, 400 and 800 are very clean. Don't feel like you need to park at ISO 100. And I'd even say use f5.6.


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May 13, 2013 23:48 |  #11

yes great lens


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May 14, 2013 06:16 |  #12

tim1970 wrote in post #15929572 (external link)
Was this photo cropped, or were you standing close to the subject?

The image is slightly cropped, but I was about 5 feet from the model.


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May 14, 2013 06:50 |  #13

The distance dictates the amount of "distortion". If you let your focal length dictate your subject distance then a short lens could create problems. Ideally you would choose your shooting distance first and then select the appropriate focal length to frame the shot. Even for a tight head shot an 85mm lens on full frame should work out OK, although personally I'd probably shoot longer than that. For head and shoulders 85mm should be more than fine.

This is 85mm on a 5D2 and unedited, shot across the table in a pub....

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Have a look here for further examples of distortion vs focal length (or more accurately, shooting distance)....

http://stepheneastwood​.com …sdistortion/str​ippage.htm (external link)



  
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May 14, 2013 09:32 |  #14

How close do you need to get remember the MFD is 3' as I recall this lens wont focus at a shorter distance than that .

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May 14, 2013 09:41 |  #15

tkbslc wrote in post #15929661 (external link)
It's not going to hurt your flash unless you rapid fire for long periods of time. You'll have plenty of cool down waiting for the next person to get into position. But honestly, on the 5D3, 400 and 800 are very clean. Don't feel like you need to park at ISO 100. And I'd even say use f5.6.

Agree, make it easier on yourself and bump that ISO.


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