35mm vs 50mm vs 85mm Lens Comparison for Portrait Photography

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I am really excited to bring you this instructional photography tutorial! I am demonstrating the differences between three popular fixed focal lengths: a 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm. I begin with side-by-side differences with the same pose. Next we do a set of images where I use each lens how I typically would in a photoshoot. Lastly, we go indoors and use all natural window light so you can really get a feel for the proximity that comes with each focal length.

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Jessica Whitaker says:

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johan bauwens says:

I'd use a 35 mm for full body, 50 mm for half body and 85 mm for head shots.

Carmen Barcenas says:

Hi Jessica! Love your videos. I did hear you say in this one though that you reccomend the 85mm for newborn photography. I have to disagree. I shoot newborns and I would never use my 85mm. With newborn photography you have to be close to the baby for safety reasons and you really can't do that with the 85mm. I usually use my 50mm for newborns. Overall, I loved this video! Keep up the great work!

Jason2M says:

Nice 👍🏽

kyootnshort says:

Hey, Jessica. Do you use presets? How do you choose your presets? I know it's a preferential thing, but I'm just getting started with Lightroom, and I need help with the processing part.

Fret Flames says:

i was expecting much more then this i can make this result with low budget cameras

Muji Huz says:

If you only want to stick to one lens, get the 50 1.4
If you want to go more professional and gave more than one lens, get the 85 1.4 first, then the 35 1.4 (In this case, you won't really need the 50 unless you have extra money and are willing to spend money + time to switch between 3 lenses during a photoshoot)

Kamilla Halászy says:

this is my favorite tutorial from you! :)) keep it up!

Jacques Lefebvre says:

60p video is very disturbing, amplify camera shake… good content though 😉

imcherryac says:

finally! miss this kind of video of yours.😁👍🏼 @jessicawhitaker

Zoe Barnes says:

I am 14 and just beginning in portrait + equine photography, and i personally think that the 50mm 1.8 is the best. It's incredibly affordable and a great way to first step into the world of portrait photography.

Mary West says:

Thank you for this video!

VenesaJCo says:

Hi Jessica, this was such a great video. I own the 50mm f/1.8 and it’s one my favorites to use when shooting portraits. Out of the 35mm and 85mm I would definitely add them both to my collection because of the different areas I shoot in but I really love how focus on the subject the 85mm is!

David Lugo says:

Great video comparison. Can’t wait till I can upgrade to full frame. $$$

Sophie Lancione says:

This is such a great video!! I spent hours watching lens comparison videos before I bought my 50mm 1.4, I wish this video had been out then! Makes me want to get an 85mm now too haha 😍

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Jon Cabron says:

you have a very nice underarm

Erin M says:

This video is not only super informative but also beautifully done. The shots, editing, and styling is so wonderful. It made learning about gear relaxing and inspiring. Thanks for sharing about KEH as well. From watching this video I am even more convinced that I want to get a 35mm lens. Now I know about a trusted way to purchase one when I am able to.

Rachel Wonders says:

i loveeee this video! all the photos are beautiful as always

Ciera Smith says:

Thank you so much for this video!!!! it was really helpful

Eva PM says:

I don’t have a 35 prime, but I do have a 50 and an 85 … although I love them both, I like the 85 for portraits a lot more. Thank you for this thorough tutorial

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