Photography that takes advantage of the superiority of large-aperture lenses
Communication between the photographer andthe model in portrait photography is veryimportant. For this reason among others, lensesbetween 50mm and 135mm are often used, inorder to maintain a certain distance from themodel. The standard zoom lenses which areoften sold together with camera bodies coverthis focal length range, and are thereforegenerally suitable for this type of photography.Sometimes, however, it is necessary in portrait photography to use a large-aperture lens with alarger maximum aperture than is offered withsuch zoom lenses. It goes without saying that getting the most out of the lenses you alreadyhave is a good thing, but the powerful effect afforded by a large-aperture lens is the
ne plus ultra
of interchangeable lenses in SLRphotography.The first element is the beauty of the blur. Thewider the aperture, the shallower the depth of field becomes, increasing the blur in the out-of-focus areas. 85mm lenses, which are often usedfor portrait photography, can deliver animpressionistic background blur effect sincethey are much brighter than zoom lenses.Single focal length lenses generally have abrighter maximum aperture than zoom lenses,making them ideal for photography using ashallower depth of field. And of course if youwant to reduce the blur a bit all you have to dois close the aperture the required amount,which gives large-aperture lenses a broaderrange of expressiveness.
When shooting with a large-aparture lens with the apertureopen, only the main object clearly stands out.When using a standard zoom lens,the background might notsufficiently blur even when photographing with the apertureopen.
Using f/1.2Using f/4.5
This was photographed using the EF85mm f/1.2L
USM medium telephoto zoom lens,which isthe standard portrait lens.The objective is to focus on the eyes and adjust the image using a blureffect to transmit a feeling of the surroundings.