I know many of you read the above title and fell to the floor laughing like super crazy 🙂  I truly believe I can take just about any lens and shoot portraits. Now I didn’t say it would be easy and may take some out-of-the-ordinary adjustments but I think it can be done.

I feel portraits have changed a lot in the past few years. Years ago when I thought of a portrait I thought of full length, mid-shot, and close-ups. Of course that was mainly the military ways of official portraits but then again corporates and other big companies kind-of followed the same plan (and maybe photographers in general have done the same). In homes you had the family camera and most of the time it had one lens and it was a prime (or maybe a point & shoot camera). The home photographs gave character – the family person and/or friend showed more of the house/room…it told a story. When I look back at some of my family old photographs I’m very happy they weren’t all close-up but also added the environment.

I enjoy other photographer’s work. Wedding photographers still have their “traditional photographs” (some parents and grandparents don’t want that other stuff) but they have broadened their styles into more photojournalist styles. Headshots aren’t just a close-up of the person – they now have expanded in showing the sign of the company, or a chef’s kitchen. Everything is more exciting than the past and that’s great. And when you’re shooting a portrait there’s nothing wrong with full lengths, mid-shots, or close-up. Years later when you the photographer or you the client are sitting back and trying to remember when, where, and why that photograph was taken, expanding your style of shooting will help you go back down memory lane.

So here are my portraits with the Fujinon XF 27mm f/2.8 pancake lens. When you compare it in 35mm format it’s focal length is equivalent to the 41mm lens. It may be a 2.8 but it’s sharp. It’s very small therefore you have to change the f/stops on the camera that you’re shooting with. I grab this lens more than I grab any other. All of my images are SOOC (straight out of camera) or as some of us still say not cropped.

If you have a lens or two and never really used it for anything, take a second look. I guarantee you will find great use for it…you may even take a portrait 😉