As an amateur photographer who only recently has began to take an interest in portrait photography, I have been noticing more and more just how much a lens will distort a face, sometimes for the better, and sometimes for the worst. In my own case, it is for the worst--which hurts very much as I am proud of my good looks "in person."
Anyway, my questions on the subject are:
1) Do you guys have any tips on how to photograph faces to minimize distortion, and render an accurate portrayal of them?
2) Can you recommend any books/articles on techniques for portrait photography in general? Although I am interested in portrait photography that accurately depicts a face in different types of light, I would also like to learn how to photograph faces so as to flatter them (for example, minimizing to some extent a big nose or wide lips or protruding forehead, etc.
Thanks in advance for your help!