5 Reasons to Invest in “Good Glass” for Portrait Photography

 By Kaitlyn Kerr

 

When it comes to portraits, the lens you choose has a huge impact on the final image. Good glass can make great portraits. Here’s five things to consider when choosing your next portrait lens:

1. Fast aperture = beautiful bokeh – With a lens that has an aperture like F2.8, or F1.8, or even F1.2, you can get beautifully blurred out backgrounds that look professional and draw more attention to your subject.

 

2. Sweet and sharp – Higher quality optics, such as Canon’s L-series lenses, translate to sharper images, and a sharpness that extends to the edge of the frame. This means you can fill the frame with your subject and still retain a stunning level of detail even in the wisps of hair to the edge of the image.

 

3. Go long to flatter – A longer lens, like an 85mm, 135mm, or even 200mm will compress the image, rather than distort it in an unflattering way. A longer lens will also give you more working room, so you’re not invading your subject’s personal bubble as much.

 

 

4. Prime-time – Prime lenses (lenses with a fixed focal length, like 50mm) are often sharp, small, and have a faster aperture as compared to their zoom counterparts at the same price point, and are often favoured by professional portrait photographers.

5. Zoom for less room – A zoom lens (like the popular 24-70mm F2.8) will take up less room in your bag than three or four primes within the same focal range. They’re also really handy if you’re trying to work quickly in a more confined space where you don’t have as much room to move around.

Investing in good glass is always a good idea – it will last longer than your camera and can make a world of difference in your images. Canon’s L-series are designed to be top-quality and perform to help you get the picture.

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Canon EF 85mm f1.2L II USM

Canon EF 135mm f2.0L USM

Canon EF 85mm F1.4L IS USM

Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L II USM

Canon EF 50mm f1.2 L USM

Canon EF 35mm f1.4L II USM

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BMFF 2019: Mountain Photo Essay Winner Announced

 By Kaitlyn Kerr

Image by Javier Corso from his project Matagi

The winner of the 2019 Mountain Photo Essay Competition, part of the Banff Centre Mountain Film & Book Festival, has been announced. Javier Corso was selected as the winner for his essay Matagi, which explores the culture of the traditional Japanese hunters of the same name. 

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Nikon D850 Vs. Z7

 By Evelyn Drake

Here are a few things to consider when deciding between the Nikon D850 and Nikon Z7 cameras.

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