Headshot photographers typically use either professional zooms or prime lenses, and that's what I want to discuss today in my blog post. This article is not meant for people looking to get a headshot taken, so if you are one of those, I'm sorry. This is for headshot photographers or people aspiring to be headshot photographers.
Are you an aspiring headshot photographer who wants to know a little bit more about professional lenses and what works best when shooting weddings? I want to discuss this here.
Headshot photography demands professional lenses, unless you are shooting outdoors in bright light. Using non professional lenses will wind up in your images coming out dark or not having great depth of field.
So the question becomes... What makes a lens professional?
A professional lens is either a prime lens or a fixed aperture zoom, and usually one with a f/2.8 speed. So what does this all mean? It means that if your lens doesn't open up very wide, it's not going to let in as much light and won't be as sharp when stopped down a bit.
All of these aspects lead to a lens being more professional and more useful. For instance, I own an 80-200mm f/2.8 Nikon high speed zoom lens. It is extremely useful for shooting headshots because it blurs the background significantly and gives great, sharp images.
However, if you are considering becoming a headshot photographer. I highly recommend buying a camera body and a single lens, the 70-200 f/2.8. Additionally, I recommend buying an external flash. This set of equipment will work wonders if you are a starting headshot photographer.
Good luck, and ask if you have any questions!