Tips & Tricks Tuesday

Photography Tips & Tricks Tuesday

Camera Equipment – Week 2 – Lenses

When choosing your lenses there are many questions you need to ask yourself.

What are you shooting?

Where are you shooting?

How much light do you want in your photo?

How far away will your subject be?

How wide do you want your angles?

Do you need prime lenses allowing higher Fstops or zoom lenses with lower Fstops?

These are all things to consider when choosing your lenses.

Prime: Prime lenses allow you to open your aperture and let in more light. They will help you create a sharp portrait with a blurred out background and even capture that bokeh lighting effect many creatives love.

Zoom:  Zoom lenses can be extremely convenient if you need the simplicity of using one lens without the hassle of switching lenses.  You can also be further away and capture both a wide angle and a close up.

Here is a sample wedding where I used all three lenses:

50mm.  Prime lenses are great for close ups and portraits because they capture great catchlights in the eyes and create a soft blurred background.


75-300mm.  If you are in the back of a church or even in a middle pew you will want a zoom lense to capture the first kiss.


28-135mm.  Great lens for capturing wide angle artistic portraits that show your subject and the entire environment.


28-135mm.  Leave the same lens on and capture a closeup.


A couple more samples:

This winter mini session of these brothers was shot entirely with a 50mm.

This little garden glamour girl was shot entirely with a 28-135mm.

So it’s really a matter of preference as to which lenses you choose to use.  Here is a list of some of the best lenses for portrait photography.  There are a lot more variations and different brands.  As I mentioned before I stick with Canon or Nikon.

35mm Prime

50mm Prime

85mm Prime

100mm Prime

24-70mm Zoom

24-105 mm Zoom

28-135mm Zoom

70-200mm Zoom

75-300mm Zoom

If you have any questions feel free to email me or if you would like one on one mentoring join me over at the SHOP

As always have a Terrific Tuesday!!



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