Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Goodbye, part of Foundations of Photography: Specialty Lenses.
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We have covered a lot of gear in this course.…Some of it was extremely specialized. Maybe you're not going to use it.…Some it is more general purpose.…There's a lot of stuff we didn't talk about: pinhole lenses, special attachments for shooting…panoramas, special effects filters.…There's a lot of other stuff that you can stick on the front of your camera.…So keep your eyes open for it: do web searches, do some exploring.…The important thing to remember is that for all of these types of lenses while yes, they…may give a very particular effect, the important thing is they let you see differently, and…that's the key to becoming a better photographer.…
So, whether you're shooting with a specialized lens or a more run-of-the-mill lens, keep…your eyes open, keep trying to notice new things, expand the way you see, and keep shooting.…
The course begins with a look at several common and inexpensive lens attachments, from polarizers to neutral density filters. The course then explores ultra-wide angle and fisheye lenses as well as ultra-long telephoto and macro lenses. The course concludes with a look at tilt-shift lenses, which are useful for architectural photography and special effects, and at offbeat lenses, such as Lensbaby and Holga attachments.
The course also contains Photoshop postproduction advice and examples that illustrate the creative possibilities that an expanded lens collection provides. And because some specialty lenses are extremely expensive, the course also contains advice on renting gear.