Wide- an­gle por­trait tips

Digital SLR Photography - - The Beginner ’s Guide -

1 The wider the lens, the more likely there will be some dis­tor­tion near the edges; keep your sub­ject cen­tral in the frame if you want to avoid body parts stretch­ing.

2 Place the sub­ject in the fore­ground if you want them to be the point of fo­cus and add depth to a scene. Try to have a clear fo­cal point to con­trol the viewer’s gaze in a busy pic­ture.

3 The wider the lens, the larger close sub­jects will look. Great if this is in­ten­tional, but try to avoid ul­tra wide- an­gle lenses if you want the por­trait to be at all flat­ter­ing for your sub­ject.

4 Depth- of- field ap­pears greater with a wide- an­gle lens. If you want to blur the back­ground, you’ll need to put am­ple dis­tance be­tween your sub­ject and its back­ground, as well as shoot us­ing a wide aper­ture.

5 If you want to dis­tort per­spec­tive, place your sub­ject as close to the lens as you can, set a mid- aper­ture and fo­cus on the sub­ject’s eyes.

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