- What is Your New Year’s Resolution for Photography?
- Interesting Photo of The Day: Cute Puppy Wants To Go Home
- Lens Guide: Best Lenses to Move up to from a Kit Lens (Video)
Posted: 31 Dec 2013 05:28 PM PST
The beginning of a new year is truly a good time to set some goals for what you want to accomplish. Start off 2014 right! What is your New Year’s Resolution for Photography? We started this discussion last night and have received some interesting responses so far, it’s always great to make friends who are working towards the same goals.
Find the discussion here: What is Your New Year’s Resolution for Photography?
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Posted: 31 Dec 2013 02:09 PM PST
The internet is a great resource for photographers and lovers of photography, with multitudes of great photos right at our fingertips just waiting to be seen. One of the world’s favorite pastimes could even, arguably, be looking at photos of cute animals, especially baby animals. If you’re not convinced, take a look at this picture of a soggy little puppy that has an expression worth a million words:
The photo, aptly titled, “Can We Go Home Now?” was snapped by photographer Jessica Younker. Younker has done a great job at capturing emotion in this photo through the puppies expression. Like any great photo, this one tells it’s story without words. And let’s not forget the composition and depth of field that was perfectly on point.
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Posted: 31 Dec 2013 12:50 PM PST
Kit lens—to use or not to use? While kit lenses are much less expensive than better hobbyist and professional lenses, in the world of photography, cheaper build almost always means cheaper performance. That's why most professional photographers advise beginners to skip the kit lens altogether and just purchase the camera they’re after—or at the very least, to quickly buy a better lens and use the kit lens only as a backup lens.
In an attempt to help beginner photographers spend their money wisely on new equipment, photographer Jay P. Morgan created this lens tutorial. In the video, Morgan discusses the differences between zoom lenses and prime lenses, varying vs. fixed apertures, and evaluates the value of image stabilization:
As Morgan explained in the video, there is no “one size fits all” method for buying lenses. Every photographer is different and so will have a different shooting style and preferences when compared to others. As such, it’s important to think about the type of photography you’ll primarily be doing and how the lenses within your price range relate to that.
Morgan identifies three key factors to take into consideration when choosing a lens according to your unique style: zoom vs. prime lenses, aperture, and image stabilization.
I. Zoom vs. Prime Lenses
Zoom lenses and prime lenses each have their own set of pros and cons, so it’s important to weigh those factors against your intended purpose for photography.
Zoom lenses offer incredible convenience, allowing the photographer to remain relatively stationary while achieving a wide range of focal lengths and perspectives—but at the price of sharpness and aperture. Because zooms contain moving parts, they can’t achieve the stellar sharpness characteristic of prime lenses; additionally, zooms are also known as “slower” lenses, since they have more trouble gathering light than the simple, streamlined primes.
Prime lenses offer incredible sharpness and “fast” apertures at the cost of some convenience. With no moving parts, primes can deliver ultra-sharp images and can excel in lower-light situations where zoom lenses fall short. However, photographers who use prime lenses actually have to move closer or farther from their subjects in order to change perspectives, so some photographers choose to rely on the softer zooms.
Aperture is how wide a lens can open up in order to gather light. Most kit lenses and lower-grade hobbyist lenses come with a varying aperture range such as 3.5-5.6. While the range may seem to offer some flexibility, lenses with fixed apertures are easier to use and provide much better image quality in terms of sharpness, bokeh, and depth of field.
III. Image Stabilization
Unless you’re planning to use a tripod for every single shot that you take, investing in lenses equipped with image stabilization technology is definitely worth forking over the extra cash. Image stabilization will not only improve the quality and sharpness of your hand-held photographs, but it will also allow you to shoot in lower light conditions and hand-hold even longer telephoto lenses with excellent results. Both Nikon and Canon sell lenses with impressive stabilization technology.
Would a zoom lens or a prime lens better suit your style of photography and the way you like to shoot? Are “faster” fixed apertures and vibration reduction technology—not to mention, better glass and higher quality build—worth the often-hefty prices of professional lenses? In the end, it’s all up to your preferences and values for photography.
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