E006 Lenses for Portraiture and Portable Image Storage

In this edition of LightSource, Bill and Ed discuss the best camera lenses for portraiture as well as portable storage devices for your digital photos.


Bill Crawford, publisher of StudioLighting.net (Flickr)
Ed Hidden, exclusive IStockPhoto.com photographer (Flickr)

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LightSource Episode 6 (Audio Article Series) [32:37 minutes]



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In this episode:

Bill and Ed discuss:

  • New theme at StudioLighting.net
  • Lighting Questions section coming soon
  • Ed and Bill talk about their new years resolutions
  • Bill gets a new Nikon D50 and sells his Sony F717
  • Focal length multipliers for DSLR cameras

Audio Article Part I: Lenses for Portraiture

Rule of thumb – around 100mm (equivalent) lens is considered most pleasing for portraits

Short Telephoto Lens PortraitShort Telephoto Lens
– Good shooting distance
– Depth of field allows some blurring of background


Wide Angle Lens PortraitWide Angle Lens
– Good for special effects
– Need to get close to your subject
– Tend to elongate features
– Can exxagerate noses


Long Telephoto Lens PortraitLong Telephoto Lens
– Easy to blur backgrounds
– Person seems flat
– Can makes subject seem more round
– Difficult to get far enough away from subjects indoors


Bill and Ed also discuss Fixed focal length versus telephoto zoom lenses

Audio Article Part II: Portable Photo Storage Devices

Bill and Ed discuss portable storage devices for digital photography.

Portable Storage Products:
Entry Level ($100-$250)

Media Gear
Smartdisk Fotochute

Mid range ($250-$400)

Smartdisk flashtrax

Big Daddy ($450+)

Epson P2000

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