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18mm versus 55mm zoom for portrait photography

Shooting With Zoom for Portraits

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In my little photography experience I have found that shooting with a zoom lens greatly improves my portrait shoots.  The closer I get to my subject, say, using a wide angle lens, the more distortion and stretching of their face I’m going to get.  Their nose is going to get enlarged, the sides of their face stretched back – in short, they’re going to look horrible, or at best, like a clown.  Using a zoom or higher millimeter lens (a 55mm instead of a 18mm,) I can get a much more accurate portrait of my subject.

Below you can see the difference between  lens angle of 18mm and 55mm:

18mm versus 55mm zoom for portrait photography

18mm versus 55mm zoom for portrait photography

By being able to stand further away from the subject I create a sense of isolation and comfort for the subject, allowing them to act naturally.  Getting too close to the model’s face makes them become self-conscious and stiff.

So not only does using a zoom lens, or a lens in the 55mm+ range – help tremendously to create a pleasant portrait of your subject, but it also allows your client to be able to relax and be natural.  Ultimately, using the appropriate distance+zoom equals the best portraits you could imagine.

And that’s all, folks.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Spencer Treat Clark and me

Druid Peak Film Shoot in West Virginia

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This past week I have been volunteering on Druid Peak, a film written and directed by Marnie Zelnick, featuring Spencer Treat Clark (Gladiator, Unbreakable, The Last House on the Left,) Nathaniel Brown (Enter the Void,) and Armand Schultz (Salt,) while the cast and crew were based here in West Virginia to shoot the beginning of the film.

Spencer Treat Clark in costume and makeup effects, and me.

Druid Peak is about a young man, Owen (Spencer Treat Clark,) who is a footloose, delinquent teenager who finds himself in a load of trouble after a tragic accident where his friend dies.  Forced to leave home, he travels to find peace in the wild of Wyoming, tracking wolves with his biological father, a scientist working for Yellowstone’s wolf reintroduction program.

It was a privilege to act as an extra alongside Spencer Treat Clark.  I portrayed one of his cronies who rides in the back of an old Ford truck, roughs up a poor young guy, chills in an alleyway at a drinking party, and so forth.  Nathaniel Brown portrayed Owen’s best friend, the driver of the old Ford.  It was simply amazing being able to work with both of them on this feature.

Besides acting as an extra, I spent most of my free time volunteering as a PA (Production Assistant) on the film, doing anything from running for water bottles, wrapping up set, to mopping up an overflowed toilet.  The best part was working with such an amazing cast and crew – each and every one was so hard working.  It wasn’t about just getting a job done; it was about doing it with gusto and doing it well.  To top it off, they taught me an incredible amount of hands-on techniques in the gaffer and grip departments, where I spent much of my time.

Elissa Ruminer (makeup/hair design) at work on the actors (from left) Spencer Treat Clark, Matt Petriello, and Dylan Goodwin.

Early Monday morning the cast and crew headed out for the next location, Yellowstone, Wyoming, to finish shooting the movie in the following three weeks.  After that, it’s post production and sending the feature film to festivals.  I look forward the movie’s completion and to meeting the magnificent cast and crew again – preferably as soon as possible.

A huge thanks goes to the City of Mount Hope for all the exceptional help they provided us in the shooting of this film, including housing, extras, and much more.

Interviewed for Blender Indonesia!

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A few weeks ago I was interviewed for Blender Indonesia‘s magazine, [dot]Blend Magz! It is a great honor, and the second issue, containing my interview, is published! Hiza Ro permitted me to upload it to my site. Check it out now!

Right now I am very busy with preparing the footage for my church’s youth group Christmas production, which will combine live action with recorded video to put on the screen. It’s pretty cool.  Today I finished reviewing most of the footage we shot, and tomorrow I will be editing as much as possible all day long!

Gotta get some sleep, now that I’m done playing CTF matches in Open Arena!

I’ve got work to do! Cheers!

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