Why are wide-angle lenses anathema to portrait shooters? These two pictures tell the story. Miller made the larger shot with a classic 85mm portrait lens and the smaller one with a standard-range zoom at 35mm. The results are like night and day, and here’s why: To fill the frame with a portrait subject using a wide-angle lens, you must move in very close. In the photo taken at 35mm, the camera was about 3 feet from our model, while for the 85mm shot, the camera was about twice as far back. The closer your camera is to the subject, the more exaggerated are the parts of the face closest to the lens. At 35mm, the nose appears much larger than the eyes because it’s significantly closer to the camera. At 85mm, the relative distance between the eyes and the nose is visually insignificant, and we see much less apparent distortion.