will clarify which equipment you should use to shoot great portraits. As our personal equipment and budget is limited, we don’t have the possibility to use pricy accessories, such as 3000$ cameras or lenses.
the cameras and lenses we do own are rather capable primes.
As cameras, we personally use a Nikon d7200 and a Sony a7 II, and are definitely satisfied with their capabilities. Although full-frame sensors offer better image quality, you could use your old DSLR as well. However, always remember: Cameras and lenses are functional instruments and don’t replace your creativity, knowledge or skills.
Lenses we use.
We have a 28mm f/2.0 which is rather wide (especially on the a7 II) for portraits you could say, but this special focal length has it’s own unique style due to the carachteristic wide-angle.
Then there is the nifty fifty. If you’ve followed our blog for a while, you know we have one for the Canon and another one for the Nikon. We love it. The 50mm is one of the classic portrait lenses. At f/1.8 you get wonderful bokeh, sharp eyes, just overall beautiful lighting. Plus, it’s usually really small and lightweight!
Lenses for portraits in general
Technically, you could use any lens from 8mm to 800mm to photograph people. On the other hand, you should always consider which lenses you already have in your camerabag, and finally, how much money you want to spend. Good recommandations for portrait photography are a 50mm or 80mm primelens, a 70-200mm or a rather wide angle such as the 16-35mm.
the most important thing when photographing is YOU! Get creative, try new things and use the equipment you are used to and you like.