Have you ever noticed that certain lenses just have a “look” about them? One of the main contributors to this is the focal length of the lens which creates compression between the subject and background.
A macro lens isn’t going to be one that you pull out in every situation: it has a specific job, but it does it extremely well. That purpose is to magnify the most minute of details to life-size.
While it’s possible to use almost any type of lens to make a portrait, that doesn’t mean your subject will be happy with how they appear. In this lesson, we take a look at what happens when you choose the “wrong” lens for a portrait, and how to choose the right ones instead.
Prime lenses is a lens that has one focal length only, meaning that they don’t zoom. A prime lens you might be familiar with is 50mm lens— is a classic first prime to add to a kit.
Even if you have all of the sharpest lenses in your kit, that hardly means that you’ll want to take them with you everywhere that you go. Walking around with a bag full of lenses that you constantly have to change can lead you to skip carrying a camera altogether.
You can think of a medium telephoto lens as the “Goldilock” lens: just the right focal length for many subjects. It’s not too wide or too “zoomy” and has a wide variety of purposes in your kit.
There are few lenses that announce “I’m a photographer!” than a large telephoto lens on the front of the camera. The size of a telephoto lens is attributable to the sheer number of glass elements and optics it contains to help you reach a far-away subject.
Wide angle lenses are a favorite of mine to show a completely different perspective on a scene. Not only are wide angle lenses useful to “fit everything” in a scene, they can also be used for creative effects to change the viewer’s perception of a scene.
The standard zoom lens is the photographer’s handy multitool—a variable lens capturing landscapes, groups, or architecture, and a telephoto to get closer to a distant subject or make a portrait.
Lens makers love to tout the advanced features of a lens to entice you into buying. They’ll showcase their latest coating, focusing, and stabilization technology to help persuade you to buy the latest edition of a lens you already own. Don’t get tripped up in fancy features; watch this lesson instead!
You’re ready to photograph a scene, everything is all set up, but you have to choose a lens to use. How do you know which one is right?
If you have a variety of lenses, or just one zoom lens, you have some important decisions to make when you’re shooting with a gimbal.
The long lens can be used to enhance location shoots, create extreme changes of focus and strengthen your compositions. This lesson builds on the previous lesson and includes tips on lighting and controlling focus.