The lens that changed my photography
When I attended photography school, we focused a lot on camera settings, lighting situations, and post-processing.
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What I didn't learn much of (if any), was how the right lens could entirely transform your photography!
Years later, I discovered the online world of photography forums and Facebook groups. I started to see a trend in others sharing their camera and lens settings with apertures as low as f1.2! I was curious and astounded, the lowest f-stop my lenses could reach was 4.5 so I was quite bewildered.
I spent thousands of dollars on a photography education and I had absolutely NO CLUE what a prime lens was! (I'm even slightly ashamed with sharing this with you now)
Ashamed as I may be, I am happy to share my discoveries of how this one lens was responsible for changing my photography and taking it to a whole new level.
Meet my friend, the 50mm 1.8.
The ideal starter prime lens for natural light portrait photography. You can also refer to it as the "nifty fifty". I am not surprised in the least of how it earned it's nickname because it's just a nifty little lens!
When I started using this lens, I had to get used to it not being a zoom. In a way, it forced me to become more creative because I was the zoom and I was responsible for creating the frame. It's funny how when you are forced to DO
more work, it IMPROVES
The more your practice, the better you become.
I couldn't believe how much I had been missing out over the years by NOT using this lens, that's how quickly I fell in love with it! It had improved my photography overnight it seemed, and within a few months, I was paving the way to exceeding my expectations!
For a little over $100, this baby completely evolved my skills and realizations as what I could achieve as an artist, not a bad investment if I don't say so myself.
Investing in good glass is one of the key ingredients of what makes a great photo, and this little puppy
does the job well-done without the hefty price tag!
Which lens changed your photography/which lens do you plan on investing in first to take that step? Leave a comment below and talk about it!