If you’re buying your first serious camera, you are probably considering the purchase of a single lens that allows you to do ‘everything’ as you take a walk, a ‘walkabout lens’. Let me help you understand what your first multi-purpose lens should be able to do for you.Read More »The Best Walkabout Lenses
There’s a technical aspect to using a polarizing filer, but there’s a visual aspect that you really have to experience if you are a photographer. Have you experienced a Polarizing filter yet? If you have not, I seriously recommend trying one today. Do not delay.Read More »Polarizing Filters Make Magic Moments
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.Read More »The Best Lenses for Photojournalism
by Ben McLeod If you want the sharpest pictures that your lens can give you, remember not to use its largest and smallest apertures. Most… Read More »Tiny Tips 8: Best Apertures for Sharpness
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.Read More »Exceptional Lenses for Macro Photography
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?Read More »Should You Upgrade Your Camera or Not?
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.Read More »Lenses for Sports 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.Read More »The Best Lenses for Architectural 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.Read More »The Best Lenses for Portrait Photography
If you’re a new photographer, you may be looking for a lens buying guide to help you on your journey. These Beyond Photo Tips guides will help you pick out the exact lens that you need to get the job done when it comes to a specific type of photography.Read More »The Lens Buyer’s Complete Guide