One of the best parts of travel is the opportunity to take pictures of new things and experiences. Almost all the pictures taken on Exceedingthedrift.com are taken with my 6 year old consumer grade DSRL and a 18-200 zoom lens. This lens is great, but it has made me lazy in both composing shots and using the available features of my camera.
We had a busy weekend full of great opportunities to take pictures and I set myself a challenge to use only my prime (non-zoom) 50mm f/1.8 lens which is one of Canon’s cheapest and sharpest lenses in their massive line up.
What I learned this weekend is that shooting
- Not having zoom forces you to look for the less obvious shots – sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn’t
- More than 50% of my photos are shot at 18mm (wide) but I have been missing tons of great details by trying to get everything in instead of bravely excluding things and accentuating other things.
- The 50mm makes shooting at night without a flash possible without having to use blur inducing long shutter speed.
- Shooting with a prime lens requires more planning when taking a shot because you have to position yourself – zoom with your feet – instead of twisting a lens to get there.
- Settings on your camera become much more important with a fast prime then it ever did with a forgiving zoom.
- Paying more attention to settings forces me to slow down instead of just spraying and praying
- Taking more time in capturing images means less editing later. Most of images came straight out of the camera with a minor, automatic color correction and compression to JPEG. This is hours and hours less work than normal.