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.
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!
Adding a zoom to your drone footage in post-production is an easy way to make your shots look more dynamic and cinematic. It is ideal to use this technique with 4K footage that is output at 1080p for the final video (make sure to download the 4K example clip included in the project file for this tutorial!)