Prime lens, why?

A photo take with a prime lens

First, what’s the meaning of prime lens? A prime lens it’s a lens that focal length is fixed, you can’t change this parameter. A zoom lens, you can do it.

And why you use a lens that it’s impossible to change your point of view? Basically because a prime lens normally has more quality that a zoom lens. If you use a zoom lens for example 14-102mm, you get a worse quality than you use a prime lens.

Another question, if you mount a prime on your camera, and you want to capture more details about your subject, you must close to them. In the other hand, if you look for “more” wide, you need to go far away. It’s a good training for your photographic eye this kind of lens.

Normally, prime lenses have a bigger aperture and are very faster to focus.

In the market you can find several prime lenses with different focal lens, for landscape, portraits, etc.

The photo of the post was took with and 25mm Olympus. It’s an amazing lens.

My recommendation, use one. Thanks for reading.

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When less is more

Minimalist photograph of a beach in stormy day

Simple

Sometimes in live simple is the best, also in photography.

An image with a lot of elements it could be heavy, difficult to read and understand for the viewers. And your task like a photographer it’s explain something with only a picture, without anymore. It’s not easy.

If you find an isolated element like this stick, you don’t need more to create a picture.

I like the shape of rope, create a line that cross the image and made the photo very dynamic. The background complements the situation, it’s a seascape, you don’t need anything to understand the photo.

Today it’s brief post, I’m expect you like and try to find simplicity in photography.

Thanks for reading

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Bad weather, good light

Photography of a rose on the beach on a cloudy daySometimes, people are sad because the sun is behind the clouds, but it’s a great opportunity to take photos. Let me explain.

When the sun is on the top, normally at 12:00 am, the contrast (difference between dark and bright zones) is very different. The cameras don’t “see” the lights like human eyes. Human eyes has more capability to make difference in this kind of situation, this is called dynamic range.

On a cloudy the days, the clouds create and effect similar to a soft box in a flash studio, make the light very soft and the shades disappears, all the scene are in the same quantity of lights. Good, because we don’t have any problem with dynamic range.

Another thing to consider it’s the level of light it could be lower. For this, we must increase the ISO. I prefer to take a photo with some noise that not problems with trepidation (trepidation means when you use a shutter speed not fast enough). Revise the histogram after every photo, and overexpose if it’s necessary.

If you are taking portraits, a small flash it’s a good tool to light your model.

If you are taking landscapes, clouds in the sky make a great composition.  Another question, be ready for cold, rain, etc. Be careful to have an accident.

And this is all, thanks for reading.

 

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The right moment

A photography from Barcelona, on the streets in a old part

The image of two people out of focus help to created a nice photo.

In my opinion, to take photos it’s capture moments “instantaneous”. Less than one second after you push the button, this moment it’s gone.

For me, this is true in street photography, sports or anything that have action or change. For example, a portrait also can capture and expression, that finish very quickly.

It’s very difficult to find this right moment, but it’s the essence of this art.

The first point to look for this moment, its find something nice or interesting: a lonely street, a lovers kissing with a lot of passion, or static object.

The second part to do is to think. Think in what kind of photo you want, where is the core of the image. And finally, how to set the camera. In this moment it’s very important understand concepts like exposure, depth of field, etc.

At the moment when you find your “photo”, decided the composition, the idea, you must be alert and be patient. Look for this moment that bring to you a great image it’s not easy.

Open your eyes, be aware and don’t stop thinking. Think it’s the key.

In the photo that I show in the post, I took walking on the streets. I like to see these photography’s like souvenirs. These souvenirs are the best important part of the photo, for this, I use a small depth of field to focus on it. The street was blurring. It’s nice but I think that include a person it could be interesting.

I stand out, ready with my camera on the photos – souvenir, and waiting. When past someone, I took the photo, and finally I got this.

I took several photos and finally I stopped when I saw this in my LCD. The processed was minimum, only white balance, contrast, tone and focus.

Remember, to capture amazing moments be patient, look for and don’t stop thinking.

I wish that this post you like it.

Thanks for reading.

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Movement in photography

Photography to explain how to use long exposure to capture emotion

With long exposure you can show the emotion, action

When you take a picture, you “froze” the scene. Imagine a street crowed of people. If you choose a high time exposure, you can see all the face, details, etc. It depends that you want to express its perfect.

But, if you want to show action, activity or movement, to freeze a scene it’s not the solution for this.

When I took this photo I was in a festival.

These trains let children and adults travel over it. People enjoy doing this, it’s funny, faster , I think that you understand that I’m talking.

I decided that I want to create photography with a lot of action. I was standing front of one of this train, that was stopped. I knew that the other train past very quickly. I believe that contrast between something static and something on movement transmit the idea of dynamism.

When you want take photos like this, you must use long exposure techniques, normally no more than ½ seconds are necessary, for this you must pay attention at:

  • Be careful with overexposure some parts of the photography, if you are on a sunny day, use a low ISO, small aperture or if it’s required some ND filter.
  • If you use a long exposure, the photos can be unfocused. To avoid this, you can use a tripod, but sometimes it’s not possible. My advice it’s be quite when you push the button, try not move or if you can lean on column, wall, etc.
  • Remember use vibration reducer if your camera or lens had.

The EXIF information from this image are:

  • Olympus E-M5MARK 2
  • Olympus lens M.12-50mm F3.5-6.3 at 25mm
  • F 20.0
  • 1/6 seconds
  • 100 ISO

And that’s all, thanks for reading.

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