A Certain Reality

Converting a three-dimensional reality into a two-dimensional work of art is not without its challenges.

Most people understand that a photograph is a facsimile of a certain truth.There are many techniques that a skilled photographer can employ to create a “certain” reality that is part of artistic intent.

Most of my portraits are created with a 50mm lens. This lens choice is a deviation from the commercial norm. The orthodoxy of portraiture calls for a much longer focal length.

I’m not a rule breaker. Then again, there’s no rule about how to make a memorable photograph other than to just make it great.

This 50mm portrait, from a few years ago in San Diego, would have looked much different had I used an 85 or 100mm lens.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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