Using telephoto lenses for outdoor portraits
Shooting from a long distance from your subject with a long focal length lens can produce some striking results.
It will make the background (and any objects in the foreground) appear to be much closer to the subject, giving a far more enclosed and almost claustrophobic effect.
This is easy to do when shooting head-and-shoulders portraits or close-ups, but to get the whole figure in the frame you’ll need plenty of space. So think about this when choosing the location for your shoot.
- It’s very easy to get attractive shallow depth of field effects.
- Shooting from a long distance makes the background and foreground appear much closer to your subject.
- You can end up standing a long way from your model, making it difficult to communicate with them.
- You’ll need plenty of room to shoot anything wider than a head-and-shoulders portrait.
PAGE 1: Outdoor portrait photography overview
PAGE 2: Master the basics of outdoor portrait photography
PAGE 3: How to make the most of natural light
PAGE 4: Master depth of field in outdoor portraits
PAGE 5: The best lenses for outdoor portrait photography
PAGE 6: Using telephoto lenses for outdoor portraits
PAGE 7: Using wideangle lenses for outdoor portraits
PAGE 8: Essential flash techniques for outdoor portrait photography
PAGE 9: How to set up and use your flash outside
PAGE 10: Easy flash techniques and ways to fire your flashgun