Using the right lens for the right job is critical in not only getting the shot you want or need, but evoking a certain type of feeling when you do. There are many things to consider when it comes to purchasing and using certain lenses, and some of the things to look for in a lens when buying are how it affects the look of your shot, how fast and easily it focuses (without good focus you won’t get the shot), how clear is the image you produce with it and how does it represent the color of the image.
Today, I want to talk about one of my favorite lenses and why and how we use it!
Let me introduce you to the Canon 16-35mm L 2.8
This lens is great for the photographer who wants to get everything in the shot from a close distance and create high drama. This lens really distorts reality by stretching everything on the sides and drawing it into the frame. I love it! Check out some example images from a wedding we did last fall to see what this baby can do!
In using this lens, composition becomes all the more important because you really can see EVERYTHING in the shot. What you put in the frame becomes vital and can either add to the shot or actually distract the viewer’s attention from the main subject. You also want to make sure you avoid putting anything you DON’T want warped near the outer edges. For example, take this shot I took of Jody awhile back:
This shot is not the best representation of her features, and in shooting brides, the last thing you want for them is to look warped in a bad way!
On the other hand, you can take this lens and make the stretching of the edges work to your advantage to create a really cool, dramatic look. Take for example this shot of bride, Clover:
Using this lens, and shooting lower, really makes this shot so much more dramatic and lengthens Clover. You would never guess that Clover is about 5’3″. We often use this lens to shoot our cool groomsmen shots. The guys always love looking extra tall and cool :)
WARNING – If you’re used to shooting more portrait length lenses and get one of these babies, it definitely is an adjustment. Don’t automatically write it off – give it some getting used to – it’s awesome!!
Stay tuned next week as Jody shares one of her favorite lenses! In the meantime, tell us what your favorite lens is and why! Do you shoot Nikon? Let us know what the good lenses are!!
To view the 16-35mm lens click here!