The Best Photo Lenses for Outdoor Portraits: Telephoto or Wide-angle?

There's so much talk going on around lately about what lenses you should use for making great outdoor portraits, but no one happened really to find the answer. More to that, after surfing the web and it often remains unclear what does what and what difference between various lenses there is.

There are two kinds of lenses that are commonly used to shoot portraits—short telephoto lenses that are 60 mm to 105mm in 35mm film format and wide-angle lenses that are most often 14mm to 35mm—and they let the photographer make different kinds of photos. Let's find out what's what.