My favorite piece of photographic equipment


I thought I’d add my voice to the many who have raved over this, it would be nice to be different and talk about some obscure, only known by a hallowed few who whisper in dark allays but no; my favorite piece of equipment is one that many others have raved about many many times before I even held a DSLR. I shoot Canon and I love love love the 50mm f1.4, in terms of value for money the only other piece of glass that comes close if the 50mm f1.8, I had the 1.8 and had a tripod go over with my camera and this lens on it. The lens too the full impact and ‘I like to think’ saved my camera.

I was of course gutted at the loss but as it only cost around £90 I wasn’t going to be upset for that long. I knew how much I loved my 50mm and decided to replace it more or less straight away I looked at the f1.2 and just couldn’t justify it but the f1.4 at around £300 represented fantastic value for money.
I shoot mainly weddings and portraits and this is my goto piece of glass when ever the light is low at a service or I want a portrait with a beautiful shallow DOF or sometimes just for fun. I would like a slightly closer min focusing distance but in every other way I am totally happy with this piece of kit.
It focuses quickly, responds very well in ridiculously low light and just gives beautiful images, it even makes me look good sometimes : )

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One Reply to “My favorite piece of photographic equipment”

  1. Traditional wedding photography provides for more classically posed images and a great deal of photographer control during the ceremony.

    A Photojournalist style of wedding photography takes its cue from editorial reporting styles and focuses more on candid images with little photographer interaction; a wedding photojournalist typically shoots images quickly using available light or on-camera flash rather than using traditional, formal posing techniques and studio lights. The Wedding Photojournalist Association was founded in 2002 and is an international, membership-based organization dedicated to wedding photojournalism. The association is a networking organization for wedding photojournalists, as well as a search engine allowing individuals to research different wedding photojournalists. Every year there are five main contests, 4 quarters and one of Bride Magazine. They accept Trash the Dress contest category in 2008.[2]

    A third style is a fashion-based approach. In contemporary/fashion-based wedding photography, a photographer will combine candid images of the events of the day with posed images that are inspired by editorial fashion photography This style often involves more innovative and dramatic post-processing of images.

    A fourth style that is popular in Asian countries, especially in China, is wedding studio photography (Chinese: 婚纱摄影; pinyin: hūn shā shè yǐng). Typically, couples will make an appointment with a studio for an in-studio or a location shoot, with support from a hair stylist and make-up artist in addition to the photographer and the couple. The couple will go through many changes of clothing and backgrounds in a similar manner to the fashion based approach.

    Wedding photography with a photojournalistic approach.
    The term contemporary wedding photography is used to describe wedding photography that is not of a traditional nature. The emphasis in contemporary photography is to capture the story and atmosphere from the day, so that the viewer has an appreciation of what the wedding was like, rather than a series of pre-determined poses.

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