Jul 02 2009

The Use Of Lenses In Photography

Published by at 4:17 am under General

Just having a camera is not going to get you the best pictures.With the right digital photography training, most of us who are amateurs in taking photos for the art world, can elevate our photography skills to a new height.When you settle on a medium you are going to train in, lenses are important.  Most photographers choose one area of photography to specialize in.There is a standard 35-80mm lens along with telephoto and panoramic lenses among the many types that are available. 


Most digital cameras have a 35- 80 mm lens, even the point and shoot type.  Often when you purchase a camera casing they will sell you the standard lens with it.  All lenses are interchangeable.  You do have to stick with the same brand of lenses as your camera and make sure the diameter is the same.As long as you keep to the same brand, the diameter of most lenses is the same.  The 35- 80 mm lens tells you the extent of reach.A standard lens just won’t give you the distinction of features that you are looking for even though you can use one to take photographs of objects that are several miles away.  The standard lens is great for close up shots, such as flowers, spider webs, people, and pets.  To gain more defined picture miles away you need a larger lens.


There are many telephoto zoom lenses in photography.  One is the 75- 300 mm lens.  While this is not as massive as other telephoto lenses you may see a professional walking around with it is a great step up for mountain and wildlife photography when your quarry is some distance away.It is best to have a stabilizer with the lens especially when you begin to move from the 35mm into something larger.Even if your hand moves a little bit, a stabilizer will help you hold the camera steady to get a clear shot.  When you move into the world of the telephoto lens you can by accessories to help with angles and light.


Photography in the world of panorama is another way to take spectacular landscape photos.Especially with a digital camera, a panoramic lens will allow us to widen the photograph.The panoramic lens is the best way to go rather than cutting an pasting a picture of a glacier or mountain range together in Photoshop in order to get the whole picture.You have seen panoramic landscapes taken and wished you had that option I’m sure.  Even with film cameras you could have a panoramic lens to widen the photograph. 


All three lenses are just the icebergs on the use of lenses in photography.You will want to maximize your photo taking skills whether you are either an amateur or a budding professional photographer.  The next equipment you may want to purchase to help you with the larger lenses would be a tripod to stabilize the camera even more.Tripods work great for portrait photography as they are pretty simple and lightweight pieces of equipment.  All mediums in photography require moderate to top of the line camera equipment to produce a photograph with quality.  Photography also relies on the photographer’s skill and eye.  Lenses are just a small part of the photography world when you start to study the art.  If you have any questions on lenses the best places to find answers are your local photography shop.


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