Change Your Angle

If you are like me you find that most times you take photographs from a standing position. Often this is fine; taking a portrait eye-to-eye can work well for example. However there are times when it can pay-off to change your angle of view. Here are some pointers to help you with shooting your angles. Kids and Pets The most obvious time this works is when you take photographs of children or pets. The feel of the image changes completely when you get down “on their level”. Getting down low is not just about physical height; it is a reflection...

Planning Your Lens Selection

So you bought a new DSLR… you might be wondering what lenses to get next. I’ve put together a little outline of what you could look to buy and then their “full framed” equivalents. Firstly, let me explain what I mean by “full-framed”; basically it means the field of view is the same, as you would get from a 35mm camera. So, if you attach the so-called standard 50mm lens onto a full-framed camera (like a Canon 5D) the picture you take will cover the same area (look the same) as a film-based SLR. Generally speaking these cameras are more...

Having fun with your zoom lens

Do you have a zoom lens with your camera?  They are handy for sports, portraits and wildlife.  I usually shoot sports with my Canon 300 mm f4 lens, sometimes with a 1.4x extender for a little extra reach.   This lens is great for capturing birds and distant sports action but lacks the versatility of a zoom lens.  Generally speaking a fixed focal length lens is usually faster at focussing then its zoom counterpart.   I was shooting for a few hours at my son’s cricket game, using this longer lens for most of the time.  It’s amazing how that player fills the...