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The Best Lenses for Photojournalism

The Best Lenses for Photojournalism

Photojournalism calls for a wide range of skills, and a selection of lenses to match. Selecting the right lens at the right time is at the core of this discussion simply because of the range of events that they may be called upon to cover – a conference one day, a riot the next, and a Nobel prize winner on yet another occasion.

However, photojournalists need certain common qualities in all their lenses, and these are a constant. Let’s discuss the features that the best lenses have, and list a few of the most popular and useful lenses for journalism.

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The Beginner's Guide to Macro Lens Selection

Exceptional Lenses for Macro Photography

Selecting a lens for Macro Photography starts with the question: What is Macro Photography?

When objects in front of a lens are captured at almost the same size (1:1) on the camera’s sensor, that is Macro Photography. For this, special lenses are used. These lenses are typically able to focus very near the front element of the lens. Their design and clarity need to be exceptional in order to get pleasing results.

So, let’s look at what Macro Photography is, and which lenses are likely to suit your needs the best.

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Should You Upgrade Your Camera or Not?

That’s a big question! You have the money, so should you buy that high-quality lens that you’ve been looking at for a year? Your Grandma gave you a thousand dollars; do you buy the sophisticated camera that everybody’s been raving about? A loony truck driver crashed into your car and your insurance money’s come through! You figure you don’t need another car… Should you upgrade all your photography gear?

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The Best Lenses for Sports Photography

Lenses for Sports Photography

You’ve seen sports photographers on the sidelines of every sports event – with massive lenses supported by monopods. You’ll see them there in almost any kind of weather… Waiting to capture a perfect moment – one that distils the essence of the sport, and that also captures a vital moment for the athletes involved.

The lenses selected for sports photography have a very specific function in helping them to capture these fleeting, and rare moments. Let’s look at those lenses and the real reasons why photographers choose to, (and need to) use these lenses. We will also look at why shorter focal length lenses are not appropriate for photographing sports events… I deal with all this, in the three sections of this article about Sports Photography.

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The Best Lenses for Architecture

The Best Lenses for Architectural Photography

Photographing Architectural calls for Tilt-Shift lenses – most of the time. These lenses correct perspective distortion. You can think of this as making sure that the vertical lines of a building actually look vertical, and not slanting towards each other. In the past, this may have called for a ‘technical camera‘ or a ‘bellows‘ attachment, but tilt-shift lenses are easier to manage in the field.

Sometimes, photographers may use an extremely wide-angle lens, or a special-effect lens to photograph architecture, but these instances are extremely rare because most architectural firms want to see their work the way that it was envisioned. These lenses are mentioned below, but their usage is rare.

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Portrait of a woman Photographer: Guide to Buy: Portrait Lenses

The Best Lenses for Portrait Photography

If you’re taking a portrait, you want it to be the most pleasing image possible of your subject. Portraits are images that attempt to reveal a person’s soul, and humans are probably the most photographed subject on the planet. So it’s no surprise that photographers spend a lot of time contemplating the best lenses to take on a portrait photography session.

We love photographing ourselves and each other, and the art of the portrait will probably never go out of fashion as long as photography exists. The right lens choice makes all the difference to a portrait of a person.

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