Shooting portrait with wide angle lens is kind of controversial amount photographers and Sigma 24 Art definitely fall in this category. I remember people even saying that 50mm lens is no good for portrait. Technically speaking, wide angle lens should be avoided when shooting portrait because of the distortion. But, I think photography is more about being artistic and creative. It really doesn’t have to be technically perfect. I use Sigma 24 Art quite often on portrait work.  Let me tell you this. wind angle lens is great for portrait. It could be a very powerful tool for any portrait photographer.

The first time I got serious with this lens is a year go when I was taking my vacation in Cuba. I hate carrying a lot of gear when traveling, so I decided I’ll bring just one lens. Trying to force myself to get out of my comfort zone, I picked the Sigma 24 art. At that time, it is my least used lens. I have to say I was quite frustrated during the first couple of days shooting with it. I just don’t like the photos I did. They look messy and almost like iPhone shots. The biggest challenge with this lens are depth of field control and distortion.  You really need to think a lot more when you picking your background and also be careful with the distance between you and your subject. You want to make sure you are close enough to the subject so people can still call it portrait shot, mean time,  you don’t want to get too close because of the distortion. For the background, you need to pick a clean background. Also make sure  the composition and lighting works with that background. With 85mm or longer lens, you can get gorgeous shots even at you backyard. With this lens, your backyard has to be very very nice. After a lot of crappy shots, I started getting hang of this lens. I saw more and more keepers. Not just I like them, they look so different from the ones that captured by 35 and 50 art. It’s a different style.

Let me also tell you a little bit about how do I feel about prime vs zoom lenses. I used to shoot with some of the best zoom lens that Nikon made. 14-24 F 2.8, 24-70 F 2.8 and 70-200 F 2.8. I sold all of them and for the last 3 years I’m pretty much shooting with prime ONLY.  Yes, I miss how convenient they are, especially when shooting an event, but being convenient isn’t always a good thing let along I can only shoot F 2.8 with zoom lenses. I’m just way more likely to zoom instead of walk. What’s the difference? If you study a little bit about how focal length and shooting distance change the depth of field, you’ll know understand. You can make your subject look the same size with wide angle and telephoto lenses, but the feeling is way different. One is like you are right beside your subject, the other could looks like you are looking at your subject though a telescope. I’m not even gonna talk about the compression here, just how it feel. There is not right or wrong about this, but we need to understand how it works and use it to our advantage. It sounds like that zooming in is same as walking closer to your subject. They are actually quite different.

Ok. back to the Sigma 24 Art lens. Last week my friend Jennifer showed me a place. It’s a old castle. As soon as I saw the picture of the it, I know this will be the place that I can fully take advantage of my Sigma 24 art lens. There are many buildings around this castle so shoot from far won’t work. In order to shoot close and also showing the building, wide angle will be my only choice. I decide 24 mm will play the main role this time and I brought the 35 art as a backup. I end up did the whole shoot with 24 art.

So for the question, Is Sigma 24 art good for portrait? My answer is absolutely YES.

Model: Elysse Alexandra

Makeup artist: Cinthia Torres

Designer: Jennifer Kappler

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