THIS HAS MORE to do with optics than anything else, but your lens perspective will often determine your portrait composition. Perspective refers to how everything in your shot appears in spatial relationship to each other. For example, normal perspective describes how we perceive everything with our own eyes. Photographically, this is achieved with a 50mm lens on a full-frame sensor—hence the popularity of that focal length for just about any type of photography outside wildlife and sports (Figure 28.1). You’ll start to introduce differences in perspective with anything wider or more telephoto than 50mm, and it’s important ...

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