The Right Lens for Headshots – ZEISS Milvus lenses

March 23, 2017 ZEISS LENSPIRE Team

The ZEISS Milvus ® lenses will impress you with their constantly excellent image performance across all focal lengths – regardless of whether they are used for portrait, landscape, event or other types of photography. They are optimized for highresolution DSLR cameras.

By Tracy Page

Having been hired recently to do new images for actor Alpha Trivette (Tyler Perry’s Too Close to Home, Banshee), I knew I would need the right tool for the job. ZEISS Milvus lenses are perfect for headshots, but let’s first talk about the why behind using ZEISS. When I am working on headshots, especially for actors, my goal is to meet with the casting director to first see the client’s eyes and make a personal connection. To help me make that happen, I need a lens that will show the beautiful color and details of the eyes before everything else, they have to be the first impression. The ZEISS Milvus lenses not only allow me to do that, but they also allow me to use the background in such a way that I am adding to the attention of the eyes by using color harmony in a way to call directly to them. I can use the background also to add to the mood of the image. A beautiful creaminess to the background helps me draw to the eyes without distracting with a lot of detail. It’s not about where the actor is, it’s about the actor.

© Katherine Tracy Page, NIKON D810, Milvus 1.4/85, F/5.6, 1/160 sec., ISO-160, black and white portrait/ close-up

And then we get to which lens is best for the application. For the bulk of my headshots I will go with the ZEISS Milvus 1.4/85 because it has the least amount of distortion for the working distance and I can maintain a relationship with the actor. I could get less distortion with the 100mm or the 135mm, but having a very close distance to the actor helps me get the looks I need while providing a comfortable distance for rapport. I tell the actor stories while I am shooting. I entertain them, I make them think, I make them laugh. I am the focus of their attention. This lens does all that I require to get beautiful, impactful images. And if the actor is listening to me attentively and I am capturing that — their headshot will engage the casting director or producer and I’ve done my very best to get them seen.

© Katherine Tracy Page, NIKON D810, Milvus 1.4/85, F/5.6, 1/160 sec., ISO-160, coloured close-up / portrait of an old man © Katherine Tracy Page, NIKON D810, Milvus 2/135, F/8, 1/125 sec., ISO-250, coloured close-up of an old man © Katherine Tracy Page, NIKON D810, Milvus 1.4/85, F/5.6, 1/160 sec., ISO-160, coloured close-up / portrait of an old man

When I have the opportunity to pull back for a portrait, I take it. Especially if I have a very interesting client in front of me, you never know where those images will lead to. If I have the opportunity to pull back and do a portrait, then I am going to turn to the ZEISS Milvus 2/135. I think you can tell from the portrait attached that the qualities of the lens paired with an interesting or beautiful face are magic. Who doesn’t want to make magic?

© Katherine Tracy Page, photographer Katherine Tracy Page working with model © Katherine Tracy Page, photographer Katherine Tracy Page working with model

About the Author

 Tracy Page is the photographer behind successful headshot business Tracy Bosworth Page and the portrait studio Katherine Page Portraits.com. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia with her degree in advertising and fine art. She has focused on creating memorable images of actors and entertainers for over 10 years and beautiful portraits in homes throughout the southeast. She is a Certified Professional Photographer and is very active with the Professional Photographers of America and the American Society of Photographers and counts among her awards the 2017 Best Portrait from the Southeast Professional Photographers Association.

 

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