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Jun 18, 2013 01:49 |  #1

I shadowed a photographer today who had a 35L, 135L. and 24-70. We did an outdoor portrait shoot with a model and a few of his son who was helping with lighting. It seemed like he was choosing lenses at random...grabbed the 135L, took a few steps back and shot a full body portrait. Then threw on the 35L, took a few steps forward and again, shot a full body portrait.

I can understand that maybe indoors or in tight spaces it might make sense to use a 35L over a 135L, but outdoors, whats the point? When I asked him he said all three lenses produce different "looks", but I dont really see it. It seemed more like he was grabbing lenses at random and shooting.

In a situation like this, outdoors with a human subject...in what situation would you grab for the 135L vs the 24-70 vs the 35L, and why?




  
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KristyT2i wrote in post #16041193 (external link)
I can understand that maybe indoors or in tight spaces it might make sense to use a 35L over a 135L, but outdoors, whats the point? When I asked him he said all three lenses produce different "looks", but I dont really see it. It seemed more like he was grabbing lenses at random and shooting.

In a situation like this, outdoors with a human subject...in what situation would you grab for the 135L vs the 24-70 vs the 35L, and why?

The photographer is right. They all give different looks and more precisely, perspective.

35mm is a semi wide lens on ff, and it's best suited for environmental portrait.

135L when used to take a full body shot means he will have to stand a lot further, therefore the oof area will be more blurred (of course aperture used also comes into play) and the subject will appeared to be more 'compressed' compared to a 35mm.

Personally I would grab the 135L for half body, tight head portrait for better compression. Full body @ large aperture to separate the subject to the background which gives a unique 3D look.

I would grab the 35L for full body environmental portrait which aims to add a bit more context to the shot.


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Jun 18, 2013 02:02 |  #3

IMHO, perspective is different which makes difference.




  
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Jun 18, 2013 05:35 |  #4

KristyT2i wrote in post #16041193 (external link)
I can understand that maybe indoors or in tight spaces it might make sense to use a 35L over a 135L, but outdoors, whats the point? When I asked him he said all three lenses produce different "looks", but I dont really see it. It seemed more like he was grabbing lenses at random and shooting.

The relationship between the subject and the background is controlled by how close the photographer is standing to the subject, and the focal length selected.

So if you shoot a subject from fairly close with a wide angle lens, you will see more of the background and the subject will appear in context of where they are standing. Step back a ways and shoot the same subject with a longer focal length and the view of the background will be much more narrow.

Here are two shots of the same subject in the same place (pretty much). The first is at 24mm and very close, the second is at 300mm and far back. Note the difference in the relationship of the subject to the background.


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Jun 18, 2013 13:42 |  #5

Yes, distance = perpsective. Lenses do not alter this.


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Jun 18, 2013 13:54 |  #6

http://stepheneastwood​.com …/lensdistortion​/index.htm (external link) Maybe this will help.




  
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Jun 20, 2013 09:41 |  #7

kin2son wrote in post #16041208 (external link)
The photographer is right. They all give different looks and more precisely, perspective.

35mm is a semi wide lens on ff, and it's best suited for environmental portrait.

135L when used to take a full body shot means he will have to stand a lot further, therefore the oof area will be more blurred (of course aperture used also comes into play) and the subject will appeared to be more 'compressed' compared to a 35mm.

Personally I would grab the 135L for half body, tight head portrait for better compression. Full body @ large aperture to separate the subject to the background which gives a unique 3D look.

I would grab the 35L for full body environmental portrait which aims to add a bit more context to the shot.

Thank you for this explanation. It helped me a lot.


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Jun 20, 2013 12:17 |  #8

Different lenses offer different look based on distance, aperture and background/foreground separation. Larger aperture telephotos compresses the background nicely.
OP, you may not know what's in the creative mind of the photographer. There is no such thing as "if this is the scenario, I should use this lens." That's the beauty of interchangeable lens systems.


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Jun 20, 2013 19:39 |  #9

Before yoou start making notes on how a certain photographer shoots and what they use, I hope you have seen their results and like them.


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