Whether we’re on vacation, spending a holiday with family or enjoying time with friends, we love to take pictures to capture our memories. Since camera technology is developing so quickly, it’s also becoming a lot easier for customers to get a professional camera at an affordable price. If you love taking pictures and haven’t upgraded to a DSLR camera, now’s the perfect time. Not only are they affordable, tons of resources are available online to help beginners make the adjustment from a point and shoot camera to a professional one.
One of the major differences between a DSLR and point and shoot camera is the lens. DSLRs do not come with a lens attached; they need to be purchased separately. While this may seem like an extra expenditure, having a number of lenses at your disposal really helps the quality of your photos. Lenses provide you with more opportunity to capture the exact shot you want and to add more breadth and depth to your photos.
If you’re just starting out with a DSLR or want to expand your photography skills, we’ve put together a quick guide on lenses to get you started:
Focal length measures the distance between the image sensor and the optical centre of the lens when the lens is focused on infinity.
With a short focal length, you get a wider angle of view. This means that you get more of the scene in a shot when you take a picture, including everything that’s in the background. A long focal length has a smaller angle of view. This allows you to narrow in on a subject with the background being much less visible.
Lenses are also marked by the type of angle. The focal length is marked along the barrel of the lens and is measured by millimetres. The angle of the lens is broken into types: wide angle, standard, and telephoto.
A wide angle lens usually has a focal length of 28 mm or less. This type of lens is best suited to shooting landscapes and interiors because you can fit a lot into a single photo. This type of lens would be perfect for a scenic vacation, so you can capture the beauty and nature in each shot.
Standard lenses have a focal length between 35 mm and 85 mm. They’re good for portraits because they shoot an image that’s fairly accurate to the scene you’re taking a picture of. If you’re just starting out with a DSLR or like to take photos of friends and family, this lens is your best bet.
Telephoto lenses have a focal length of 100mm to 300mm. They’re used to focus on objects that are far away or that you can’t get up close to, so this lens is best used for capturing photos of wildlife or at sporting events.
Zoom lenses allow you to adjust the focal length without having to switch to another lens. This is a great option for you if you want hands-on experience to learn how the different focal lengths and angles compose a photo. It also allows you take the exact photo you want, at a short or long focal length, in the moment, which makes them easier to use.
If you’re more experienced, you could use a prime lens, which has a fixed focal length that you can’t adjust. While less convenient, they do have high-quality craftsmanship that allows you to take more stunning photographs.
Now that you’re a lens expert, you can start taking beautiful photographs that you can cherish for years to come. Whether you need a total DSLR kit to get you started or want to add new lenses to your collection, head over to Henry’s Camera. They’re currently having a sale on Fuji cameras and lenses, so don’t miss it!
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