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.
Growing as a photographer, you are learning to control your equipment to achieve the results you want. You’re picturing the perfect photo in your mind (pun intended) and need to set your camera and lens to match that vision. Aperture is one of those crucial settings to achieve the result you have in mind.
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!
No matter how expensive your lens is, it’s likely to introduce imperfections to the image. Here are several common items you can correct for: