So much about photography these days stresses landscape and street photography that you might forget that the second photograph ever taken after (that we know of) Niepce’s involved a human being as photographed by Daguerre. For me these arguments on zoom lenses and extreme telephotos mean nothing as I am primarily a portrait photographer. Years ago I discovered that by using a moderate wide angle 35mm lens on people (careful with making that nose seem extra big) I obtained an in-your-face kind of photograph that suggested that the photographer and subject were in close proximity to each other. So much for the old idea of the 80 mm lens being a portrait lens.

Alex Waterhouse-Hayward

Vancouver BC

Into Bunny Watson. I am a Vancouver-based magazine photographer/writer. I have a popular daily blog which can be found at: