Portraits

Discussion in 'Portraiture' started by cliveh, Oct 20, 2012.

  1. cliveh

    cliveh Subscriber

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    When shooting portraits my favourite aperture is f5.6 when focusing on the eyes. This is with a 90mm on a 35mm camera, or equivalent on larger formats. Do others have a favourite aperture for portraits at a given focal length?
     
  2. benjiboy

    benjiboy Subscriber

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    With my 85mm f1.2L I tend to use f4.5 for head and shoulders shots, because I find if I focus on the nearest eye and use a bigger aperture the face can be sharp, but the ears and furthest shoulder can be out of focus.