Want great shots? Make sure you have at least one prime lens.

An insightful post by Rich Harrington over at the Photofocus blog. Rich, Scott Bourne and their contributors always have something worthwhile to say. I would heartily recommend following them if you don’t already.

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When you bought your first DSLR, it likely came with a zoom lens.  This style of lens makes it easy to get a wider range of coverage with just a quick turn of the wrist.  Many prefer this flexibility versus having to actually move their feet to get the shot.

So why go “old school” and choose a prime lens that only offers a single focal length? It’s all about aperture. Here are a few reasons to consider.

  • Most prime lenses offer apertures that open as far f/1.2 to f/2. These wider opening can let in more light to hit the camera’s sensor.
  • More light can be truly useful when shooting in existing light or low-light environments. It means you can use lower ISO settings to control noise or combine with higher ISO settings to get sharper photos due to faster shutter speeds.
  • Prime lenses are typically sharper than…

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Photography is about vision; I love making photographs that tell a location’s story – the place, the people and the culture. I'm a photographer with a relaxed approach. I'm an experienced traveller and love teaching others about photography. Images can be made anywhere - right in your back yard or in exotic overseas locations. I can teach you not only to look at your surroundings, but also to really "see" what's there. Photography is more than just pressing a button. It's also about vision. Let me show you how to explore your world.
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