Zooming in for a powerful portraitsaturday 8 july 2017, 14:41 by Elja Trum | 464 views | 0 comments
When people take portraits they often keep their distance from the subject. That's a shame. A portrait is often more powerful when shot from up close. Instead of coming closer, zooming in a bit can help too.
This portrait of Floor was made with a Nikon D3300 and the kit lens. It is an okay photo, but it is pretty easy to make it more powerful. It is after all a portrait of the girl, not of the surroundings.
That is why I took a second photo. The only difference with the photo above is that I zoomed in a bit. I went from 23mm to 42mm (with the 1.5 crop factor of the camera it's comparable with 63mm on full-frame).
Personally I think this second photo is more powerful. The background is less of a distraction. The attention of the viewer is directed towards Floor's face.
This has two reasons: you're seeing a lot less of the background because of the tighter crop but also because zooming in causes the background to be more blurred.
With only one simple change this portrait became a lot better.