Lens Review: Canon 50 mm f 1.8

OKAY so this lens is one of the CHEAPEST out there for Canon! It's a Prime lens, meaning that it is fixed at the focal length of 50 mm (no zoom in or out) and its aperture is very WIDE at maximum of 1.8!!

I HIGHLY recommend this lens for people who want to do more with their Canon, whether they just have a Rebel or even a full-frame more professional camera. 

I have to admit I was frustrated with this lens on my previous Rebel T3i. My photos were never TACK sharp, even with a larger depth of field like f/3.2. In lower light, it just didn't work out that great -  and I blamed it on the lens. So I was always afraid of using this lens at its widest (f 2.0 or f 1.8) because I thought it would NEVER be in focus

However, I took a leap with my NEW camera- the Canon 5D Mark III - and shot at f1.8!!!! On a portrait! Woooo. When I came home and popped the SD card in to check out the results- I was shocked! The photo was focused and sharp and everything I hoped! 

50 mm f/1.8 1/400

50 mm f/2.0 , 1/400

So- it's a great lens on a great camera with a good sensor like the Mark III. Yay!

What's in the Bag | For Photographers

So I figured it's time to do a "What's in the Bag" blog post. This post will show you the three lenses I would use for something like a wedding.

Canon 5D Mark III Body

Canon 5D Mark III Body

First off. let's not forget the camera body. I shoot with the Canon 5D Mark III, and I am in love with it. I go back to my old Rebel and I just can't believe the difference. Everything about it is different, better, and wonderful. 

Of course, the Rebel was a great camera. I still have it and I am planning on selling it to someone who wants to explore photography deeper! It was my first, and it brought me through the first year Yas Photography. It's been loved but needs to move on :)

Now, lens #1: This is a Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 zoom lens. You will need this to get shots from the back of the aisle, from far away, from an attendee's vantage point. 

Canon 16-35 mm 

Now, this is a 16-35 mm Canon wide angle lens. It is amazing and you will need this for group shots, table shots, or portraits when you want to get that chic, wide-angle portrait shot of the bride. It's also great for small spaces such as a bridal prep room.

And the nifty-fifty...Ahh. I've had my times with this lens. This is a cheap, great to start with, portrait lens. While the previous 2 lenses are good for zoom and wide angle, this one is good for portraits of like, up to 3-4 people. The wide aperture (1.8!) is great for low light and creating really great depth of field/bokeh. This lens kind of sucked on a crop camera with a poor sensor. But it does amazing on a great body like the Mark III, and for a low price. Also, it's really light which is a plus (compare to the 70-200 mm above which weighs like 20 pounds!!)

Canon 50 mm f1.8

Now that concludes this blog post. I think I'll do a post later on about other things in my bag (flashes, hotshoe stuff, etc).

How to Shoot in Bright Sunlight | Photographer's Toolkit

So we've all been there: we get to the location and the sun's bright up overhead, leaving no room for shade or respite. We struggle to find a shady spot, to shield our client's faces from the sun (and our own faces!) but sometimes you end up with those harsh shadows on people's faces when you're trying to shoot them as they squint in the sun.

Well this post is for you! Read on to get some tips on shooting in bright sunlight.

1) Find Shade if you can! When I got to Windansea beach despite being super early in the morning at around 8 am, the sun was moving up way faster than we were.  We found shade under this hut and the sand made a bright reflector back onto their faces. 

2) More Shade- behind a rock 

3) Always shoot with the sun BEHIND your clients. See here, the sun was behind them. The sand adds some reflected fill light, plus a pop from flash, and some post-processing in Photoshop. Plus, Sam is shading Kristen's face which is a plus!

4) Position your subjects so that they complement each other lighting-wise- what I mean is have one shade the other. See here, the sun is behind Kristen and facing Sam.  Kristen is blocking Sam's face from the sun,  but Sam's white shirt is acting as a perfect reflector to bounce some of that light back onto Kristen's face so she's not in the dark.

5) If you end up having your clients facing the sun, squinting and they can barely look at you since the sun is in their faces, direct them to change their gaze- here I told Kristen and Sam to look down and I like how it worked nicely!

6) Candid Shots do better in the sun. Have your clients walk together, decrease your aperture, put your focus on AI Servo (for Canon) and shoot away!

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