100mm for boudoir photography

August 15, 2014

Why the 100mm is one of the Lenses for Boudoir Photography 

Listen up ladies and gentleman!  I know how much you love your “nifty fifty” (or if you have a ƒ1.8, your “thrifty fifty”), but there’s a new contender in town for best Boudoir lens, and it is:

The 100mm!

I cannot begin to describe how much I absolutely adore this lens!  But I’m sure as hell going to try because if you aren’t using it, you’re missing out.

Obviously, being a creative Boudoir photographer doesn’t hinge on having this or that piece of equipment. There’s no such thing as the “right gear” for the job.  But there are tools that are superior to others, and your choice of lens is absolutely one of them.

Why the 100mm is the Best Boudoir Lens 

Your Boudoir clients are a tableau of beautiful details – the curve of her spine, the length of her neck, the light in her eyes.  You want to capture these elements in all of their fabulousness, but sometimes you just can’t do that with a short focal length.

So why not just use a zoom lens?

Prime lenses make your shots deliberate and intentional.  They force you to frame your subject in such a way that flatters her.  Although telephoto lenses allow for some freedom of movement, I find that when I use them it’s easier to be lazy and not set up my shots as well as if I used a prime.

The reason why I love the 100mm (rather than the 85mm which is also a great lens, the 50mm, or something else) is because it’s a macro lens; it focuses on the important parts of your frame while deemphasizing the less important stuff.  You have better control of background, access to angelic light, and more of that enviable softness which always flatters your subjects.

Check out these shots I took with the lens.  Try it yourself, and be amazed by the results.

xx- Marisa

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