Yes, You CAN Shoot Great Portraits with a Wide-Angle Lens: Debunking the Focal Length Myth

You’ve probably heard this one before: you should shoot portraits with mid-range lenses like an 85mm or an 100mm to give your subject the most flattering look. Or this one: don’t shoot a portrait with a wide-angle lens because it will make a person’s face look distorted.

That’s baloney, according photographer David Bergman and in the below video for AdoramaTV he explains why. In the short “Two Minutes Tips with David Bergman” video, he debunks the myth that focal length changes the look of your subject’s face.

Check it out and then head on over to AdoramaTV for more great photography how-to videos. You should also check out these three stories about shooting with wide-angle lenses:

Why Shooting with a 24mm Wide-Angle Lens Can Result in Some Very Cool Portraits

Is 24mm Too Wide for Street Photography? The Pros & Cons of Shooting with a Wide-Angle Lens

How to Shoot Astrophotography with a 24mm Lens: Night Sky Photography Tips from Pierre T. Lambert