In studio photography generally, portrait shoots are done. Other than that product photography can also be done in the studio.
The portraits photography is a type of photography when the photographer capture picture of a person, mainly when head face and shoulder is covered.
For example Fashion photography, headshots, modeling shoots are kind of portrait photography.
I am the mentor of photography courses in Delhi at DPA. I have shared all my experience in the article.
What is the Best Lens for studio/portrait photography?
This question generally arises among the beginners and amateur photographers.
So, according to me, there is no such best lens because its all depends on the situation. It depends on what lens you have found the best according to the following factors:
- Lens types ( Zoom & prime Lens):
Before we jump into the features of the lenses for studio photography let’s talk about the two major lenses zoom and prime. The zoom lens has a variable focal length where the focal is not fixed and you can get varieties of zoom lens like (24-70mm, 18-135mm, 70-200mm). you get a lot of options with a zoom lens in one setup, you can zoom in out and shoot at different focal length.
The prime lens is of fixed focal length(24mm,35mm,50mm etc) you cannot zoom in or out. But the image quality of prime lenses is superior to the zoom lens. For better picture qualities photographers prefer using prime lenses. But you have to carry more than one lenses if you shoot with a prime lens.
- The Studio size :
The size of the studio will matter for studio and portraits photography. it will help you to decide your lens as you will see the focal length according to the size of the studio. Few more things matter to decide the focal length, how many people you want in the picture, which portion of the background you want and want to take a picture close to the subject. Generally, 35mm to 200mm lenses are used in studio photography
- The need for the pictures:
Finally, it depends on what you want to achieve from the pictures. What is the need of your client or the situation? If you are looking for close up and headshot go for 70-200mm. If you want to create bokeh go for the fast lens that means a lens with the high aperture. Like 50mm f1.2.
Not everyone has a big pocket, but if you have, you can use lenses according to your requirement. If you have a budget issue than go with 50mm 1.8 it will cost you around Rs 8000. Or if you are expert enough and have a budget issue than its better to rent a lens.
As in studio, everything is close to each other(less space), it best to go with a prime lens.
The lens which I prefer is canon 50mm and 70-200mm. Most people use a tripod and few don’t. So if you are using a tripod you can go through the lens without image stability but if you are not using tripod go with IS lens.
For beginners try canon 18-135 mm 3.5, its an introductory lens and the best option to learn and understand the lens required for portrait shoots.
And the best options to go with :
Canon EF 24-70mm 2.8L II USM
Canon EF 35mm 1.4L II USM
Canon EF 50mm 1.4 USM/ Canon EF 50mm 1.8
Canon 70-200mm 2.8L IS II USM
Canon EF 85mm 1.2L II USM
Nikon 24-70mm 2.8G
Nikon 35mm 1.4G
Nikon 50mm 1.8G
Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 VR II
Nikon 85mm 1.4G
These are the best lenses for studio photography.
But there are so many lenses, you cannot go with all the lenses.
Let’s make it easy for you.
Canon users use Canon and Nikon users use Nikon.
And out of five lens select one and make a wise purchase.
If you don’t want to purchase,
The best option is to hire a lens on rent.
You can try out with 70-200mm. After that, you will get the idea which lens is required for the different pictures.
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