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Lens and settings for portrait session

edited October 2013 Posted in » Nikon D5100 Forum
Two older family friends want me to take some portrait photos of their family during Thanksgiving. I have a 35mm lens and a 18-55mm kit lens. Which should I use, and should I use aperture or portrait settings on them? They know I am new at this, but I want to do my best so any advice would be great!

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  • edited November 2013
    Use your 35mm. You will get a lot sharper images than what your kit lens will give you. I use manual on every shot I take, but if you haven't mastered manual yet then use aperture (A). The trick I use is put the aperture number at how many people are in the shot. So 1 person put it at a 2 or lower. Two people, put it at a 2 to a 3 and so forth. Use singe-point AF as well and put the dot on the person's eyes. Hope this helps.
  • edited November 2013
    Thanks, would love to learn to use manual more but don't know enough yet to know what settings work best.
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