Project 1 – The distorting lens – Focal length (Portraits)

Exercise 2.4

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 cropped-frame camera). 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.

Some family portraits to test the focal length.


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The focal length 135mm blurred out the background nicely. 1/800s at 6.3

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