I’m in Love with a Lens

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So, in case anyone was wondering, all the photos I post here are ones that I’ve taken. Photography and film are huge parts of my life and I like incorporating them into my writing. Lately I’ve been experimenting with different lighting situations and have discovered a lot of great new ways to light my scenes and subjects!

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to get my hands on the new Canon 60D, and I’ve been obsessed with it ever since. I previously owned a Rebel (which, don’t get me wrong, is a great camera) but upgraded to the 60D because of its video recording capabilities. For a film student whose hobby is photography, the 60D is a dream come true.

I opted out of the kit lens and purchased a 50mm f/1.4 USM Canon lens instead. It is incredible! Its capability in low-light situations still amazes me every time I use it. This past year I went to SXSW in Austin, Texas and took some shots around 6th street at 2 am. I was able to take all my photos on the manual setting without using any flash. And the shots came out fantastic!

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These folks seemed to think I was taking photos for a magazine or newspaper. I explained I was just there with some friends but more than happy to take a group photo!

So basically, I’m in love with a lens. That’s not weird, right? I haven’t exactly decided what lens I’m going to buy next but I may do a post about different lenses and their capabilities in the future. It’s a good rule of thumb to do your research before dropping that kind of cash on anything. The 50mm f/1.4 is about $400; it may seem steep but is a really good value considering the image quality and build. I’ve been able to push it in a lot of directions in terms of lighting set-ups. It’s also small and lightweight, so perfect for traveling. It’s definitely not a lens you would regret purchasing.

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I’ll be posting more photos and examples soon!

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