We all have that favourite portrait lens, and I’m sure we will dream of that lens that will take our photography to the next level. I’ve always dreamed of a 35mm 1.4 for portraits which I’m trying to save my pennies for. I know a lot of photographers prefer an 85mm but for me, it’s just a little too close and I prefer to capture a bit more of surrounds to tell the story.
For the time being, I’m using what I have and that is currently a 50mm 1.8 but the one I have is a brand out of China that is as light as a feather, not weather-sealed and it seems made from plastic. It doesn’t fill me confidence.
I have a couple of zoom lens but I’m going through a phase of using prime lens just as it makes you think more and zooms tend to make me a little lazy instead of moving my feet to the subject.
The portraits that I want to produce and the create have a moody feel to them, I much rather that than a clean cut studio photo. That’s just not my style, I like natural light, using the surrounds that you have.
The lens that I have isn’t crispy sharp, but I personally like the photos it takes. It’s a beautiful lens for dreamy portraits. I’m hoping to get a few portraits taken in the woodlands as I think it will really come into its own there.
These following portraits were taken in natural light with a limited amount to time. I’d decided to mount the camera on a tripod and stick to f/1.8 to give that dreamy look I spoke about.
The final image is the same lens but shot at f/8.