Find a location with good light for a portrait shot.
Place your subject some distance in front of a simple background and select a wide aperture together with a moderately long focal length such as 100mm on a 35mm full-frame camera (about 65mm on a
Take a viewpoint about one and a half metres from your
subject, allowing you to compose a headshot comfortably within the frame.
Focus on the eyes and take the shot.
Longer focal lengths appear to compress space, giving a shallower depth of acceptable sharpness, which is known as depth of field.
This makes a short or medium telephoto lens perfect for portraiture: the slight compression of the features appears attractive while the shallow depth of field adds intensity to the eyes and ‘lifts’ the
subject from the background.
For this photograph I had my subject stand in front of a wall.
I used a small reflector to remove ugly shadows that the direct sun light was producing.
55mm. at f 5.6 and 1/200th. sec. ISO 100
The maximum length of my lens is equivalent to 82.5 mm. in a full frame camera and produces pleasant portraits.
A longer focal length would produce more pleasing compression to my subjects features and a faster aperture would get better separation from the back ground.
The subjects glasses also presented reflection and focus challenges especially when using a speed light or reflector.
These challenges cannot be remedied by asking the subject to remove them, on an older subject the muscles around the eye’s are badly toned and it wouldn’t be flattering; you may get away with eye-glass removal if your subject is young enough, maybe I’ll find a willing volunteer for this experiment in the future.
I think this shoot went well despite never using a reflector before.
The harsh light even at mid morning only reinforced the feeling that I have to get up earlier.
I definitely need faster and longer lenses.