Is there such a thing as too wide a lens for portraiture?

Updated on July 8, 2017 in Photography
6 on June 30, 2017

I recently shot some portraits with a 7mm lens ( 14mm full frame equivalent ). Usually not recommended but I feel that under certain circumstances, breaking the rules is the way to go. After all, most great advances were the results of breaking the rules.

“You know you’re close enough in street photography when your lens no longer focuses.” – Thomas Leuthard

Here is one photo of my rule breaking.

 
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2 on June 30, 2017

I think those rules  apply when you have to do photos for others who may have different expecations.

I like this photo. Did he like it?

on June 30, 2017

Yes, he liked it. He said I made him look like a “bad ass” as opposed to the gentle “lamb” he is 98% of the time!

 

on July 8, 2017

Definitely badass photo. Nice job – keep playing!

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0 on July 1, 2017

It depends on what you are aiming for tbh. But well, my widest tolerance for portraits is 28, wider than that is a big no for me (and for general purpose photos to certain extent).

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0 on July 7, 2017

Dragon, Eric here. I love how you filled the frame it works. Very dynamic. I’d just tone down the post processing. Keep it up

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0 on July 7, 2017

I don’t like focusing this close with a wide lens because it reduces people to a caricature. Instead I like using the wide lens to show the subjects environment, ie where they live. The person’s environment is often very telling.

 

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