35mm, 50mm, and 85mm lenses are some of the most popular out there, offering relatively neutral focal lengths quite suitable for portraiture. However, each one renders your subject quite differently and is appropriate for different situations. This great video compares the three focal lengths and will show you the sort of images you can get from each to help you choose the right for your work.
Coming to you from Julia Trotti, this awesome video shows the differences between 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm lenses. All three lenses are popular with portrait photographers, and they offer natural looks for anything from headshots to full-body portraits without creating too much distortion or compression. That being said, the correct focal length for your work very much depends on what you shoot. For example, someone who shoots headshots should probably opt for a longer focal length — likely the 85mm or something a bit longer if desired, but that might create too long a working distance for someone who frequently shoots full-body portraits. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Trotti. And if you would like to learn more about portraiture, be sure to check out the wide range of tutorials in the Fstoppers store.