diglloyd publication
Imagery: Auto - Large Table of Contents
Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Distagon

Shoot One Lens For Better Images

Confine your shooting to one and only one lens for a day. Do this for as many days as you have lenses, choosing a new lens each day. It will force you to move your feet, and make different kinds of images than with a zoom.

If the lens is a zoom lens, tape the zoom ring down so you cannot zoom. Treat a zoom lens like multiple fixed-focal-length ("prime") lenses. For example, a 24-70mm lens can be taped to its 24mm, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm and 70mm settings (not necessarily in that order each day).

Why do this? It forces you to make creative choices you otherwise might not make, such as subject matter, distance and perspective, etc.

Zoom lenses almost always result in lower quality images when I shoot them (exception: longer zooms like a 70-200, for which it’s not practical to carry primes, or when shooting does not allow movement).

Article continues for subscribers...

If you’re already a subscriber, CLICK HERE TO LOG IN

diglloyd Advanced Photography

diglloyd Advanced Photography includes hundreds of pages of exclusive coverage and high resolution, Retina-grade example pictures detailing Canon and Nikon DSLR bodies and their lenses, with in-depth analysis of sharpness and contrast, color, bokeh, vignetting, distortion, MTF, and flare. Also included is a wealth of in-context technique and workflow insight. Since 2006, diglloyd Advanced Photography is the authoritative review and on-line reference for discerning Canon and Nikon shooters. Subscriptions cost $ per year.

  1. Explore the table of contents
  2. Check out Lloyd Chambers’ Blog
  3. Subscribe today!
Canon 5D Mark II + Zeiss ZE 21mm f/2.8 Distagon

diglloyd Home Page | Terms of Use | PRIVACY POLICY | Contact
Copyright © 2008-2015 diglloyd Inc, all rights reserved.