What’s In My Bag: Lenses For Portraits | Miguel Quiles | Sony Alpha Universe


How’s it going everyone!
My name is Miguel Quiles, I’m a Sony Artisan of Imagery and today, I’m going to talk to you about my favorite lenses to use for shooting portraits. So, let’s begin with what might be my favorite lens of all time for shooting portraits. And that is the 85mm f/1.4 G Master from Sony. I love this lens for a number of reasons. Number one, it’s really good for shooting portraits in the studio. It does a great job of resolving a ton of detail and a ton of resolution, but even better
when you go outdoors. If you’re shooting in low-light situations or you’re shooting in areas that, maybe there’s a distracting or a busy background. At f/1.4, you’re able to blur those things away or introduce more light into the camera. So I would say of all the lenses that I have here if you had to take one of them away – which would be terrible as long as I have my 85mm f/1.4, I could probably do maybe 75-80% of the work that I need to do. At number two on my list of favorite lenses for portraits is the 24-70mm f/2.8 lens from Sony. This is a G Master lens. What I really love about this lens is that
if you’re running into a scenario where you don’t know what you’re gonna be shooting, you don’t know what the environment is going to be like, what the situation is gonna present you,
24-70mm really covers all of your bases. You can shoot the wide-angle shots
you can shoot the tight close-up shots which is a style that I’ve been known for is shooting those really tight close-up portraits and the 24-70mm allows me to do that. So if I’m not a hundred percent sure what type of look I’m trying to go for with my portraits, this is really the go-to lens to use in
that scenario. The third lens on my list of my favorite lenses for shooting portraits is this guy. This is the 135mm f/1.8 G Master lens.
It’s kind of the new kid on the block and I love it! For the type of work that I do where I’m shooting close-up portraits, surprisingly this does a really amazing job. You would think that for close-up work,
you might need maybe like a 50mm or 75mm, but people’s faces look really really good at 135mm and this lens not only makes them look really good at that focal length, but it does it with really good sharpness and really good clarity. And in scenarios where you need to kind of crush the background because maybe it’s distracting, you’re able to shoot wide open at f/1.8 which is something that I’m not super used to doing it with a 135mm lens and it makes it look really awesome. So I think this is one of the lenses that’s probably going to be in my top portrait lenses for many years to come. Let’s take a look at the fourth lens here in my list
of my favorite portrait lenses and that is the Sony 24mm f/1.4 G Master lens. This is a really great lens; it really is like
a one-and-done like if you’re going out, you’re gonna shoot environmental portraits, this really does a great job of getting all of the details, all within the frame. It does it with sharpness, with clarity, with resolution that honestly, I’ve just kind of come to expect out of
the G Master line of lenses. And so if you’re running into a scenario where you know you want to capture a lot of details, have like a nice, wide environmental portrait,
the 24mm f/1.4 is gonna serve you really well. You could shoot in low light,
you can shoot during the day. One of the things that I love about this G master lens is that it doesn’t have a lot of distortion. So if you’re in a scenario where you need to
fill the frame with a person’s face, you’re not going to have weird things
happening to the person’s face. They’re gonna look good, you’re gonna have straight lines and it’s one of the main reasons I think this should be in everyone’s portrait kit bag. I hope you all enjoy the video. Make sure that you subscribe to the channel while
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