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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).

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