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What Camera Should I Use For Portrait Photography

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Many different types of cameras can be used for portrait photography, including DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, and even smartphones. Here are some tips for finding the best camera for portrait photography for you.

A Canon DSLR

Sensor Size

A larger sensor generally produces better image quality, especially in low-light conditions. Full-frame sensors are typically the largest and offer the best image quality but they are also the most expensive. APS-C sensors are slightly smaller and are found in many mid-range and entry-level DSLR and mirrorless cameras. Micro Four Thirds sensors are smaller and are found in many mirrorless cameras.

A Canon Mirrorless Camera

Image Quality

Look for a camera that produces high-quality images with good detail and accurate color reproduction. This is especially important for portraits, as the subject’s face and skin tones should be rendered accurately.

ISO Range

A camera with a wide ISO range will allow you to shoot in various lighting conditions. This is important because you may need to shoot at higher ISOs in low light, but you don’t want to sacrifice image quality by shooting at too high an ISO.

You want to use a lens with good autofocus. If your subject is moving around you want your camera to worry about the focus while you concentrate on your client.

Lens Selection

For portrait work, you want a lens with a focal length of at least 70mm. Telephoto lenses flatten and therefore flatter the subject. An 85mm fixed focal length camera is widely used, as is a 24-105mm zoom. I like zoom lenses for their flexibility. I like fixed focal length lenses because the apertures are wider, which will put the background out of focus for a more cinematic look.

Ultimately, the best portrait camera meets your needs and budget. Please look over the features and capabilities most important to you, and then do your research to find the best cameras for portrait photography for you.

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