I thought I would use St. Therese to give you a little focal length lesson. I took all of the photos standing at about the same spot. This first photo shows St. Therese with a 50 mm lens. You can see a fairly good size portion of my yard and the background, while blurred a bit, is still pretty busy.
Here she is at 70mm. Notice that less of the yard is shown, she is starting to stand out from the background and the background is a little more compressed and blurry.
Here she is at 102mm. She is really starting to stand out from the background and the background is looking more attractive.
Canon makes a very popular 135 mm lens: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens . You can see why. She is separated from her background and the background is soft and lovely. 135 is a very nice focal length.
But if St. Therese had hired me to do her portraits, 200mm is where I would be at for all of her close ups. I use my Canon EF 70-200mm for most of my portrait sessions. At 200, she is the center of attention, very nicely separated from her background and the background is soft and lovely.
I would like to thank St. Therese for being my model today, and I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief and not very technical review of different focal lengths!
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