I'm a prime lens user now but long ago I had a kit lens and a long zoom lens.
Those were my first two lenses and I used them constantly.
It wasn't until I was ready for my next lens that I realized I had no clue what I wanted. Did I want to get another zoom or what about those prime lenses? I heard some great things about prime lenses and their sharpness and low light capabilities, but until you use one its hard to make sense of it.
Over time I decided to just get a great lens for each focal length that was important to me.
I went back and and forth with zoom lenses to prime lenses finding many pro's for each.
Eventually I got into just prime lenses as they worked best for me. Having two cameras made the transition much easier as well. I would keep my primary lens on one and my secondary lens on the other.
For some of you starting out who may or may not have a camera yet its great to see the different perspective of different lenses. Different focal lengths have different strengths, feel to them and also can affect composition.
Lets take a look at three lenses that I use: The Nikon 24mm 2.8, The Nikon 50mm 1.8 and the Nikon 105mm 2.8
All of the photos below are at the same distance (6 ft) and at f 3.2.
My own personal style keeps me at 50mm and above as I like to get in close to the subject and try to fill the frame. Also, when you do use a longer lens it compresses the background and creates more separation which I also like.
Fall is such a beautiful season in New England. Its not so cold that you have bundle up, but cold enough for apples to ripen. It is a great time to explore new trails, take photos of the foliage and to setup photo sessions.
I had a chance to work with Katie Sands again. She is a model I've known for a few years now and from time to time we work together.
We both agreed that we needed to do some photos this fall so we headed out to Boylston to take some photos.
Please enjoy some previews of our fantastic session near the Wachusett Reservoir.
Whether you have a business or just love to take photos Fall can be a downer of a season. Lots of flowers, and bushes are starting to go away the air is really cool and you don't feel much like wandering around to take photos. But, there is still hope out there. There are things to photograph so don't pack away your gear quite yet.
These are 10 things you can photograph:
1. Fall foliage is amazing! Spend an afternoon looking for the brightest and most amazing trees and scenic areas to photograph.
2. Just because the leafs are on the ground doesn't mean they don't make a wonderful pattern. Pick out your favorites.
3. Many gardens also have indoor gardens which you might walk right by during the summer, but now you can explore them. Same goes for public greenhouses in your area.
4. Perfect time to take those Holiday photos. Find a nice setting outdoors or stay warm in the comfort of your own home.
5. Treat yourself and your family by hiring a local photographer to take nice photos for you. Us photographers sometimes forget to get photos of ourselves.
6. Have a new lens? When was the last time you used your macro lens?
7. Explore with depth of field. Go to the store and buy a bag of small figurines and do a photo shoot.
8. When was the last time you did self portraits?
9. Always wanted to be a food photographer? Put together your best meal and wow your family and friends.
10. Find a new walking trail and bring your camera with you. Don't photograph the obvious.
These are just a few tips to help you stay inspired through the cold seasons.
Let me know if you had any other ideas!
This question comes up every now and again when a customer sees the price difference between ordering a print or deciding to spend the extra money on buying the digital files and then print them themselves.
The idea, and I totally understand it, is to save money.
This is the age of Do-It-Yourself. Some people think that if you can do it cheaper it must still be good.
But, this is often not the case.
Lets look at some of the main differences between Professional Prints and Retail Prints.
1. The photographer has used a calibrated monitor to adjust all colors and sizes to match perfectly with the end result.
2. The photographer can set the print to a resolution of about 300 dots per inch. (This is editorial quality which you see in most of todays magazines.
3. Some images are taken with the specific intent of fitting a 4x6 better than a 8x10.
4. Given the high resolution of the files these can be printed rather largely without losing any detail.
5. Professional printers CAN print in over 250 dots per inch.
6. Professional printers CAN be more true with colors as they have a larger palette to work with.
7. Lustre coating can be added for very little cost which will help guarantee the photos for up to 100 yrs.
8. High quality photo paper is used to insure longer lasting images.
1. Computer used for printing is not calibrated and often has built in presets.
2. Even if the resolution of the file is set to 300 dots per inch most retail printers don't go over 200 = less detail
3. Cropping is a nightmare as it is never exact, or is set to auto crop your photo.
4. Lower end printers are more prone to bleeding. This means that some of the major colors might shift into other areas as well.
5. Photo paper used in retail settings is not made for durability. Possibly after only a few years you will notice significant fading.
But, best way to see and feel the difference is to book a session with me and I'd
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