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Abby in Glasses

Abby in Glasses

 

I like Abby’s glasses.  I’m not sure if they are hers or not, I didn’t ask, but I like them.  This picture is more of my playing with the 35mm lens I recently picked up.  I’m feeling much better about it and I may not ever remove it from my camera.  For people pictures if I only had my 35mm and my 50mm I would be perfectly fine.  I also like my 85mm, but I like being closer to my subjects and getting a bit more of the background in.

You’ll notice I’m really not using my zooms of any kind any longer.  I “grew up” photographically with prime lenses and it is nice to be back to them almost full time now.  I will still use my zooms every once in a while if I have no idea what I’m going to be up against, but with a little planning I’d much rather zoom with my feet.

3 reasons you should think about primes over zooms in my opinion:

  1. Thinking – you need to think more about the shot and not just simply zoom and fire.  Framing with your feet slows you down and makes you think.
  2. Intimacy – if you are taking portraits the best tool you have is your conversation, not your equipment.  Not only will you put your subject at ease, but you will also get to know them and get more natural expressions.
  3. Intimidation – normally prime lenses are smaller then good zooms.  Your subjects will be much less scared when they are not staring at a huge piece of glass while you tell them to “smile”.

Forget all the technical stuff – it is all about the image.  I don’t really care that much about the sharpness, the color accuracy, the distortion, etc.  It is about me and the subject.  The more at ease I can make that subject feel and the better I can interact with them, the better my pictures are.

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