3 Simple Ways To Shoot Perfect Portraits

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In this short guide you'll learn how to achieve professional-looking results using focal length, aperture and shutter speed...

3 Ways To Shoot Perfect Portraits

1. Use the best focal length

If you use an APS-C camera like the Canon 80D or Nikon D3300, the best focal length for portraits is around 50mm. This is because for a classic head and shoulders composition, the distance you’ll need to stand from the model provides the most flattering perspective. To get the same composition with a wide focal length would mean moving much closer, producing an unflattering back-of-spoon look, as you can see from the images above. For full-frame users, the best focal length to use is 85mm.

example of 18mm focal length portrait
example of 50mm focal length portrait