I get asked this question a lot so I thought why not share which lenses are the ones I go to and just can’t live without. Now, keep in mind every photographers editing, lighting is different so their are a lot of other factors to consider when looking for answers on how a photographer accomplished the look they did in their photos. But by having the right lens it can make all the difference in your photos!
It may be a surprise to you but my favorite, go-to lenses are all prime lenses. The first prime lens I ever purchased and the one I use for all my getting ready photos during a wedding, details and more is my Nikon 50mm 1.4.
My ‘nifty fifty’ as I like to call it goes with me to all my shoots and weddings. I can’t leave home without it. The nice bokeh and creamy look I achieve by using this lens is magic. This lens is clean and crisp and allows me to lower my aperture to the settings I love.
My next go to lens which is the newest member to my collection is my Nikon 85mm 1.8! This has become one of my favorite portrait lenses lately. It has substituted my Nikon 70-200mm lens which has saved my poor arms lol. The 85mm has by far the best bokeh and has just the right portrait look that I always try to achieve.
With prime lenses you don’t have the capability of zooming in. You simply use your feet and move around. It has actually challenged me to be more creative and be a bit more engaged with my clients.
I say this all the time and I find it to be true. It doesn’t matter what camera you have what matters is the lens you use. While having a professional DSLR is a must eventually, if you are starting out in photography, learn your lenses. Each lens has a special way of transforming your photos. Once you understand what each lens is capable of, find a camera that compliments it and one that is a full frame. By having a full frame camera all your lenses will be true to what they are. For example, a 50mm on a cropped sensor will appear like an 85mm. With a full frame camera, your 50mm acts like a true 50!
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