Portrait lenses and portrait lighting

Photo magazines are so insistent about using long lenses for portraiture that many people are convinced that there is some sort of 'magic bullet' portrait lens. This is flat nonsense. Indeed, we believe that the lens is far less important than lighting, hence the mixed subject matter here. This is a fairly basic module, aimed mostly at those who are not yet satisfied with the majority of the portraits they get: a master-class, it's not. You may also find the (paid) chiaroscuro module of interest.

There are nine pictures, five colour and four black and white. All are silver halide (though the same advice applies a fortiori to digital); six are 35mm, and two are medium-format.

Marie Muscat-King


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