Ideal Focal length for Basic Portraits and Headshots. 35mm 50mm 85mm? Portrait Photogarphy Tips

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  1. PhotographersOnUTube

    I’m glad you found the videos helpful. Don’t forget to share it with your friends. Also when ever you get a chance watch the old videos so you can catch up. You’ll learn about equipment, composition, lighting etc and in no time you’d be able to take great photos. Thanks for watching!

  2. Hi, I recently bought my first dslr, Nikon D5100, and want to learn how to take better pictures. I love to take pictures but am only using auto mode so far and I want to get away from that. I have been looking for videos on beginner’s photography, but haven’t really found anything useful; they are either too advanced-using expensive lighting equipment, etc. – or are just trying to sell their workshops.
    I just watched two of your videos and found them very informative and easy to understand. The

  3. PhotographersOnUTube

    Thank you! People always asked me if they should get 35 or 50 for portrait and I always told them, no close up portraits with 35mm which kind of confused them because they thought you couldn’t do any portrait with 35mm. This video shows that you can’t do close up headshots with 35mm. 85mm is ideal for that and for general portraits on a budget 50mm is a great value. I love all my prime lenses though.

  4. Loved this video – one of my favorite’s that you’ve done!  Thanks

  5. PhotographersOnUTube

    Unfortunately there is no such thing as pre determined settings. You’ll have to watch my old videos to understand how exposure works and why composition is crucial. When your work is great, business comes knocking on your door. I don’t spend a penny in advertising but I have a decent business plan and my work is not bad either so I get to do this for a living. Make sure you go through the videos as there is A LOT of information to go through.

  6. Hi i am following you since yesterday and saww your videos so inforamtive but can you guide me i just bought last week Canon mark 2 5D And i dont know anything i just want to become a PRo Like you could you give me hintfull tips what is the best settings for Canon

  7. PhotographersOnUTube

    No, most Canon crop sensor cameras are 1.6. Nikon crop is 1.5 and that’s the crop that was used in the video.

  8. I’m sorry, I’m a canon guy. so when u said d3100 is that a crop sensor camera so all those focal lengths u’ve been saying will x1.5?

  9. PhotographersOnUTube

    Both umbrella, soft boxes serve different purpose so you’re going to need both. One is wrap around light and one is directional light. I’ll share my thoughts in strobist tutorials I’m going to start soon.

  10. Ok… Got that. So which versatile modifier would you recommend for SB700? THANKS!

  11. PhotographersOnUTube

    Hey man! I’m not sure what you meant. Umbrellas itself is a diffuser in a way but we call it flash modifier which is the technical term.

  12. G’day Jeb! Which diffusers work better with streetlights, umbrellas or softboxes? Could you please recommend some for SB-700. Cheers… Keep them coming.

  13. PhotographersOnUTube

    You’re going to need a prime lens if you’re on a tight budget. They’re great quality and inexpensive. I’ll post a review of D3100 and you’ll learn why kit lenses are not recommended for portraits. Eventually I’ll do a review of D3200 as well.

  14. Hi
    I have the Nikon D3200, which lenses would you recommend if I’m going to be shooting fashion photography!? The one that i have came with the kit is a 55mm and doesnt allow me much. Thanks for the tutorials they are really helpful

  15. I have taken many close-up shots and distortion is only slightly noticeable on a few of them. But the price andgood reviews of the 35mm outweighed the negatives which is why I went with it. Also I read that the 50mm is too “long” for the D7000 which is why I went for the former.

  16. PhotographersOnUTube

    Distortion will only show when you do really close up shots. Otherwise you’re fine. 

  17. I use 35mm 1.8G Nikon lens on my D7000 and haven’t come across any distortion as yet. Nothing like what you see in thi video anyway.

  18. Ive been good, I ended up getting rid of my d7000 and went to the 7d now 5dmkii! Always love your vids.

  19. PhotographersOnUTube

    What’s up biker dude? Haven’t seen you in a while. Hope all is well.

  20. PhotographersOnUTube

    No, it doesn’t apply to fixed focal lengths only. Even if you have a zoom lens, 35 is going to give you distortion. I don’t use type of correction in the camera automatically. No D back lighting or vignette control or distortion control. I like to fix it myself in post processing basically based on my style or need. Thanks for watching.

  21. PhotographersOnUTube

    You’re right. It was a bit tighter and it was acceptable specially if you minimize the 85mm one. 9 of 10 times I’d go with 50mm myself because I don’t do such tight shots and 50mm is perfect when you take a couple of steps back. Thanks for watching.

  22. PhotographersOnUTube

    You can use 85mm on DX for general portraits as well. I did it all the time with D7000 on every outdoor shoot. Most people end up using 70-200 with full frame. I lost the crop factor when I switched to D3s so now you’ll see me use 70-200 more often in my videos because I need the extra focal length now.

  23. 50mm rules

  24. Hey Jeb, it would resolve lot of confusion if you add a scroll into the video saying to use 50mm on DX & 85mm on FX for general portraits.

  25. As always…… awesome!