10 common portrait photography cliches and how to avoid them

    | Photography Tips | Portraits | 28/09/2013 00:01am

    10 common portrait photography cliches and how to avoid them

    5. Use an 85mm lens

    An effective focal length of around 85mm is traditionally seen as ideal for shooting portraits. For a start it allows a comfortable working distance, enabling you to take head and shoulder shots without crowding your subject.

    It also avoids the distortion that come as a result of the fact that wide angle lenses make near subjects look much larger than slightly more distant ones.

    However, sometimes you my want to take a wider view and include a bit more of the surroundings. Provided you don’t go in really close, your subject won’t be distorted – although of course this can be a great way of creating a funky shot.

    6. Sitting curled on a rug

    Many portrait photography clichés are created by the pose or the props – this one combines both. Fur rugs have often found favour in glamour portraits, but that hasn’t prevented their use from spilling out into more mainstream photography.

    The message is meant to be ‘warm and inviting’, but today it’s more likely to be used with irony.


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    Posted on Saturday, September 28th, 2013 at 12:01 am under Photography Tips, Portraits.


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