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5 Reasons Why Primes Are Better Than Zooms

Beginners can sometimes be surprised when they discover you have such an expensive camera and yet you are not able to zoom with it. “In 2014, we have good enough technology to make zooms in every camera,” one of my friends told me once.

However, the performance of the primes lenses is important for a lot of photography areas. I do think primes are better than zooms for different reasons and aspects. Here I am about to tell you why:

5) Value

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You can get very good prime lenses for a reasonable amount of money. Usually, 35 and 50mm f/1.8 are so common they are now quite cheap. Even the Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 is available at around $300. For such a nice and sharp piece of glass, it’s pretty affordable, believe me. For this price, you will have one constraint though. It’s full manual, so no image stabilization and no autofocus. As pointed out in one of our previous article, it’s not always  a problem especially for short focals. Unless you need a very long focal lenght like 300 or 500mm, most are good and affordable. For the price of one zoom you can often have 2 primes. Continue reading 5 Reasons Why Primes Are Better Than Zooms

How to Deal with GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome)?

I like to say that it’s not the gear that takes the picture but the guy behind the camera. Some great photographers can do beautiful photographs with a smartphone! On the contrary, some will never take good photos even with a Canon 5D markIII, a Sony A7r or a Nikon D4S for instance.

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That being said, it is important to know what is your photography Continue reading How to Deal with GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome)?

5 Tips to Better Macro Photography (Part 2)

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50mm, f/5.6, 1/80, 640 ISO

In order to offer you a better in-depth article for our macro-photography introduction, you’ll find here 5 other tips from my own experience you might need if you want to go further in this magical photography field :

5. Live View. Use the live-view mode. It’s easier when you need to have your camera on the ground for creative perpectives and in the meantime you see directly the depth of field you have. It’s easier than to use the depth of field preview button when you are into the grass. By the way, remember to use enough depth of field. You will usually want to have the best bokeh ever but you will probably end up having almost everything blurry. Especially with extension tubes of course, the depth of field is very shallow.

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16mm extension tubes (24mm, f/4.5, 1/60 sec, 200 ISO, +1.3EV)

4. Manual focus. I would usually recommend to use manual focus in order to be sure that the focus is made on the object you want. Otherwise you could be bothered by the Auto-focus choosing another part that you do not want as your main subject. Continue reading 5 Tips to Better Macro Photography (Part 2)

Top 5 Tips to Better Macro Photography (Part 1)

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Use extention tubes if you don’t have a macro lens (23mm, f/4, 1/250 sec, 100 ISO, +0.3 EV)

Macro-photography has this little thing that makes it look magical!

Indeed, this technique transforms common objects into a strange or spectacular landscape. But as it is so small, it is often hard to see what we can get out of it. If you want to shoot insects, they’re quite hard to catch and don’t forget, the wind is your ennemy!

In order to make the most out of your new macro lens or extension tubes, here are 5 tips to improve your macro shots:

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16mm extension tube/ 24mm, f/4.5, 1/125 sec, 100 ISO, +1EV

Continue reading Top 5 Tips to Better Macro Photography (Part 1)

How to Take Great Macro Photos for Only $40!

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Taken with 16mm extension tubes (50mm, f/5.6, 1/80 sec, 160 ISO)

Photographers who engage themselves in macro photography keep being seduced by this field. One of the satisfying things is to reveal what the human eye cannot plainly see. This gives us the opportunity to change our perspective on this tiny world, so different from the one we know. It often looks like another planet. That’s what macro-photography is, revealing things we can’t see and show it to the world.

Continue reading How to Take Great Macro Photos for Only $40!