Your camera’s lens plays a huge part in how your photos turn out — it can mean the difference between a crystal clear shot or a grainy one. To stay on top of your photography game, here’s some insight to get the most out of your lens:
Two major things you want to address when you are purchasing a lens are the maximum aperture and focal length.
What is aperture?
If you forget what aperture is, you can read about it in our aperture guide post.
What is focal length?
Focal length determines the amount of magnification your lens provides. Lower numbers, such as 18mm, result in a wider angle, and higher numbers, such as 300mm, are more telephoto.
What are the different types of lenses?
Wide – Allows a wider area to be brought into frame and has a shorter focal length. Wide angle lenses for digital cameras typically range from about 8mm to 35mm.
Standard – A standard lens is one which is in between wide angle and telephoto. Standard lenses for digital cameras typically range from about 35mm to 80mm.
Telephoto – Allows you to zoom in on objects far away and has the widest range of focal lengths. They are very large and range from 80mm to 1200mm or more.
Fisheye – Has an extremely wide angle lens which can capture a 180 degree field view, causing a distorted photo, typically with a bulge in the middle giving a more creative photo (like a fish eye).
Macro – Any lens that allows an extreme close-ups.
Zoom – Allows zooming between multiple focal lengths.
Prime – Has a fixed focal length, and does not allow any adjustment (these are common in macro lenses).
But what lens do I buy?
It depends on what you want photograph, but I’d say most fashion blogging photographers can get away with the kit lens provided with your DSLR. If camera does not have a decent kit lens, you can usually find lenses that are between 18 and 55mm in the $100 to $200 range.
[Source: Photography 101]
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