Choosing A Camera For...
What inspires you?
One of the best tools for improving your portraits is flash. Whether a built-in or an auxiliary unit, flash brings out details and color in your subject, while reducing shadows. Not just for interior images, today's TTL flash systems produce great results under outdoor sunny conditions. Simply turn on your flash and take a picture. If you prefer a subtle look, reduce the flash output by using the flash compensation feature or fit a diffuser over the flash head.
Focal lengths between 80mm and 200mm are ideal
for portraits because of their ability to throw the background out of focus. This is a result of the lens' compressed or narrow depth of field when combined with a moderate to wide aperture, for example, ƒ/4 or ƒ/2.8. Soft, out-of-focus backgrounds help draw attention to the subject by contrast. With such limited depth of field, it's imperative to focus on the subject's eyes so they're sharp.
Lens: Zoom with telephoto capability between 80mm and 200mm