Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Choosing a lens, part of Photography Foundations: Lenses.
Since we've been talking so much about how to use particular types of lenses,…you may be thinking about adding another lens to your arsenal or upgrading to a…higher quality lens.…We're going to take a break from the specifics of shooting for a bit and talk…about choosing a lens.…Even if you don't have an SLR but shoot with point-and-shoot cameras, you'll…still want to give a thought to assessing a candidate camera's lens.…So, the following discussion should still prove helpful.…Your first concern when lens shopping is to think about what it is you need.…And first and foremost in that decision is focal length.…And if you have no idea what focal length you need, one, it may not be time to…start shopping for a new lens.…
But your camera probably came with a kit lens of some kind…That's a zoom lens that has a focal length range from may be a little bit wide…to a little bit telephoto.…Think about how you've been shooting.…Do you spend more time with the, at the telephoto end, because you like…shooting things that are farther away? Do you spend more time in the wide angle…
- Understanding field of view and camera position
- Depth of field and lens choice
- How to choose a lens
- Examining lens features
- Using specialized lenses such as fisheye and tilt/shift lenses
- Focusing techniques
- Using filters
- Camera maintenance
Skill Level Beginner
Photography Foundations: Compositionwith Ben Long5h 29m Intermediate
Douglas Kirkland on Photography: A Photographer's Eyewith Douglas Kirkland41m 55s Appropriate for all
2. What Is a Lens?
3. Focal Length, Camera Position, and Composition
4. Depth of Field
5. Choosing a Lens
6. Advanced Autofocus
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