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 »Best Lenses for Sports Photography
Photographing Architecture 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 other 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 »Best Lens for Portraits
In your quest for beautiful images, you’ll quickly discover that the lens is what determines whether you get the image you want. Photographers typically keep a single lens for many years longer than they keep a single camera body. This emphasizes the importance of lens selection and purchase. We have a series of guides that will help you understand exactly what you need to look out for based on the type of photography you intend to do.Read More »The Lens Buyer’s Complete Guide