Relax...it's in the bag: Part 2 - The Lenses

Part 2 of a series of blog posts exploring what essential pieces of kit I keep in my bag and how each item helps to make you look great in your photos.

 

Following on from last week’s blog where I talked about some of the features of my camera body and how it helps me to take great photos of you and your loved ones , this week we are looking at my lenses and seeing just what they do for us on our shoot.

Canon 50mm f1.8

The Canon 50mm is a fixed lens meaning that it only has one focal length (and cannot be zoomed in or out). The number 1.8 refers to its largest aperture setting (the hole through which light enters the lens and into the camera). The smaller the number, the larger the aperture and therefore the more light the lens lets in. At f1.8 lots of light can flood into the camera to create the shot. This lens is small, lightweight and exceptionally sharp.

 Often referred to as the "Nifty 50" - the 50mm 1.8 is a small and lightweight lens that can get let in lots of light when needed. 

Often referred to as the "Nifty 50" - the 50mm 1.8 is a small and lightweight lens that can get let in lots of light when needed. 

What this means for you

This small lens is far less intimidating and scary than my larger zoom lens and useful for nervous children (and adults) during a family photoshoot. The large aperture means that its great in low light situations so we can shoot at all times of the day both indoors and outdoors and still get crisp bright shots. It’s also less conspicuous when shooting candid shots at a wedding so I can capture your uncle’s unique dance moves without him even realising!

 Low light? Not a problem with the 50mm 1.8 - we can still get some atmospheric shots of your wedding venue. 

Low light? Not a problem with the 50mm 1.8 - we can still get some atmospheric shots of your wedding venue. 

Canon 24-70mm f2.8

The Canon 24-70mm is a great all-round lens that can be used for wide-angle scenes and flattering portrait shots. If I only have space for one lens when travelling on holiday, this is the one I take as it allows me to shoot such a variety of subjects quickly and to a high quality. It can let in lots of light for hand-held shooting in dark locations but also has impressive manual focussing abilities for landscape photography on a tripod.

 The versatile 24-70mm 2.8 lens is my workhorse. 

The versatile 24-70mm 2.8 lens is my workhorse. 

What this means for you

When shooting your wedding, this lens can shoot the grand exterior of your wedding venue, capture the atmosphere of you and your bridesmaids getting ready for the ceremony and also zoom in for a stunning headshot and close-ups of the wedding rings. On a family shoot, we can get fantastic close shots of each individual character as well as stunning groups shots with beautiful natural backgrounds. 

 All the fun and excitement of the bridal preparations are caught easily with the 24-70mm lens. 

All the fun and excitement of the bridal preparations are caught easily with the 24-70mm lens. 

Canon 70-200mm f2.8

The largest of my lenses, the 70-200mm is great for taking shots of people and objects a little further away. It still lets in lots of light in dark environments but is also great for photographing moving subjects: be they mechanical, human or animal. The 70-200mm lens is great for creating soft blurred background as it compresses all objects in the frame.

 A little more intimidating but great for action and fantastic headshots!

A little more intimidating but great for action and fantastic headshots!

What this means for you

Many people are a little concerned when this large lens is pointed in their direction as they feel it will highlight all of their (perceived) flaws. In actual fact the focal length of this lens and its ability to compress objects to make them appear closer together really flatters faces. Take a headshot with a wide-angle lens and you will see how distorted and unattractive your face looks - this lens does the opposite. So don’t be intimidated by its size. This lens also helps you to really stand out from the background and make your portrait “pop”.  During a photoshoot, whether as a family or a bride and groom – this lens allows me to step back and let you interact naturally without feeling scrutinised. You can whisper sweet nothings, tell each other how great you look or laugh at my latest hairstyle (hey it happens) without me hearing a word! 

 The 70-200mm lens is great for action shots and making you stand out from the background. 

The 70-200mm lens is great for action shots and making you stand out from the background. 

These are just a few examples of the shots captured with these lenses, To see some of their work  please take a little look at my website or get in touch if you would like my lenses and I to create some magical images of you and your loved ones. I shoot both weddings and family portraits and love meeting new people so please don't be shy.

In my next post I'll be talking more specifically about batteries and memory cards and why they are so important. In the meantime, I'd love to hear any comments or suggestions for future posts. 

Have a great week.

Ross 

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