Bryan Officer has been taking pictures of all sorts of subjects since he was a kid, but his primary photographic interest has always been people. In his view, the clarity of emotions and ideas that a person can convey visually in just a brief moment makes human beings a richer subject for still imagery than any other. Unlike other photographic subjects, he explains, "we can communicate with our bodies and with facial expressions." He also enjoys the satisfaction of creating work that his subjects appreciate. "When you photograph somebody and it turns out really well," he says, "you're happy and they're happy." Officer shoots portraits with a Canon Digital EOS 5D digital SLR and Canon's EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM, EF 135mm f/2.0 L USM, and 200mm f/2.8 L II USM lenses. Since he's not photographing moving subjects and can control all the elements of his studio setup, he chooses prime lenses instead of zooms for their tack-sharp optics. "Zooms are for convenience's sake," he says, "but not the optimum performance. You may as well shoot with the best you've got. I wouldn't choose a lens for convenience, to make it easier for me." Officer's lenses of choice also offer the very wide apertures that a portrait photographer needs to achieve the shallow depth of field that sets the subject off from the background.