Matthew Counts

Why You Should Use a 24mm Lens For Portraits

When you’re about to do a portrait session your first instinct may be to reach for your telephoto zoom but I challenge you to go wide. Specifically, a 24mm prime. Longer focal lengths are often used for portraits because they crop you in close and give great background blur and background separation which emphasizes your subject. It also gives that compressed look that can be aesthetically pleasing. On the other hand using a 24mm prime lens lets you get great background blur too and gives you something else, two somethings actually. First, it gives you the ability to have the subject interacting with a background¬† rather than cropping it out by zooming in. Second, you can get up close and personal. With a shorter focal length lens, the minimum focusing distance is shorter for example, the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G has a minimum focusing distance of 5 feet while the Nikon 24mm f/2.8G is 9.84 inches. Being closer during the shoot means you can interact more with the subject and be more present rather than zooming in from afar which usually translates to a more intimate and portrait. Check out these examples for creative inspiration.

 

Pheasant Hunt
Pheasant Hunt
By uncle_dusty

 

Carriage Ride
Carriage Ride
by Tomoji-ized

 

Julie & Allen | The Parlor
Julie & Allen | The Parlor
by Sean Molin Photography

 

600
600
by baris yonter stock photos

 

Ken@ Cardiff Bay
Ken@ Cardiff Bay
By Adam Pro

 

Isabel
Isabel
by Daniel Kruthanooch | Photography

 

n o. e s c a p e. I
n o. e s c a p e. I
By ho1gersson

 


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