People want to take better photos, which often leads to buying a better camera and other equipment. The other main advantage of a 50mm lens is that it handles lower light situations beautifully.
But the time the 50mm lens really shown was when I wanted to take pictures of my kids goofing off downstairs. I absolutely LOVE my 50mm lens… and I’m now off to read the rest of your wonderful series! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your love of photography and share your tips that are so easy for those of us who are learning in such a way that we can understand completely. Dewis effectively produces a studio photography look while shooting outside in a parking lot with just an umbrella and a Canon Speedlite.
Take a test shot of your scene, and adjust your settings until the test shot results in a completely black frame (Via Petapixel & ISO1200). Shoot an off-camera flash into an umbrella that’s been closed down to narrow and control the light hitting your subject.
This is a handy trick that can be used in almost any situation to make your photos look as if they were taken in a studio. We are always looking for more interesting and insightful photography tips and techniques to share with our readers. And, it’s no surprise that one of my favorite photography sites, i heart faces, has a bunch of great posts on the subject as well! Most people think the only way to really improve their photos is to learn to shoot on manual mode, and it’s true that using manual gives you the most control over the finished photo. Generally, I think improving your understanding of things like lighting and learning to use whatever camera you have will go further toward getting good pictures than any amount of expensive equipment.
It helps the subject of your photo stand out, and I shared tips for getting that look on auto in step 7. With the kit lens on the flash came up (1st photo) but I knew there was plenty of light in the room so I turned off the flash (2nd photo).


If you know how to shoot on manual you can fix that, but when you’re shooting on AUTO you just have to take what you get. So you won’t ALWAYS see a huge improvement with the 50mm lens, especially when the lighting is just right. I think that photographers that are always after new camera gear, think that it will improve their photography. Sometimes it helps if you can focus right on the edge of something that’s darker in a light background, like the edge of an eye in a face (or vice versa). However, some photographers who work on-location in less-than-ideal surroundings are able to make their images look as if they were taken in a studio. But what if you don’t have the time or energy to invest in learning about exposure and aperture and all the other details of manual? However, there are a few exceptions, and if you have a dSLR, a 50mm 1.8 lens is one of them. Your kit lens is probably in the 18-75 range, which just means it can zoom in and zoom out a normal amount.
I had my boys walk toward me while goofing off with each other and you can see that the kit lens photos are completely blurred. But getting a lens that costs you ten times the price of your standard kit lens won’t mean that your photos are ten times better! One of these resourceful photographers, Glyn Dewis, produces outdoor portraits that have a studio look without using a backdrop. On bright days, you may need to use a more powerful flash or multiple strobes to use this technique. I absolutely LOVE  the way the newborn features collage came out (the first picture in the post). You can even get blur in the both the foreground and the background, as you can see on the photo of the grass.
I believe people should make the most of what they’ve got before getting any new kit.


But, I’ve never done any newborn shots since having my dslr and I was SO excited to have the chance to take pictures for her! There are plenty of things you can do to greatly improve your photos even when shooting on auto, and every Friday for the next eight weeks I’ll share one of them with you.
Even on auto, it will make a difference in your photos, especially if you want to take portraits with extreme background blur (bokeh) or you want to be able to take photos inside without using your flash (and if you’ve read step 1 you know you never want to use your flash).
I recommended using portrait setting in step 7 to get some background blur, but when I tried to do so for the following photos of tulips taken in the shade with the kit lens, the flash popped up, washing out the photo. To see how much difference using a 50mm lens as opposed to your kit lens (the one that came with your camera) I took photos in a number of different lighting conditions with both lenses so we could all compare. The nice thing about this lens is that (as camera equipment goes) it’s very affordable. You see, we have SHORT toes, My Grandma, My Dad, Myself , my Son and BOTH Grandsons have the same pudgy feet with short toes.
Keep reading for more explanation of what makes the 50mm lens a worthwhile investment and comparison photos.
This is important for two reason: 1) a wide aperture creates extreme background blur, and 2) a wide aperture allows you to take photos in low light conditions. Find the canon version on Amazon here for $89-$120 and the Nikon version here for around $95. I’m shooting with a Canon T3i, and have tried all sorts of different settings (AT, Portrait, Auto +).



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