The eyes are the most important feature of any head & shoulder portrait. By using a very shallow depth of field we can emphasise the eyes even more.
In the example below I have used a 50mm f/1.4 lens at f/1.8. Pre focus on the eyes to ensure they are pin sharp, by moving your focus point accordingly. The shallow depth of field will now soften all the other features not in the focus range , giving even more impact to the eyes.
To get a better view of how effective this is, here is a 100% crop of same shot
Hope this has been of some use. Have a go & let me know how you get on
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