How do Different Lenses Change an Image?

by Hannah Thomson October. 30, 2017 896 views

There are so so so so many different lenses available in the world. Whether it only be £100 or too super pricey amounts, each one has a different purpose. So, how do I know which one to use for which shots?

This week was all about trial and error. I used two lenses and took the same shots to see the different outcomes. The Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens and The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 Lens were the two I picked up and then me and my group also used a variety of lenses in class too which also resulted in different results which I will include in another post.

Firstly, I wanted to see how portraits were affected by using different lenses. Straight away, I noticed that the depth of field between the lenses was different with one allowing a much smaller surface area focused than the other.

Switching between close ups, extreme close ups, objects in context and dynamic shots I thought these flowers which I have at home would show whether one lens would be better for finer details and which one would do better at a longer focal distance.

Architectural Features is something I enjoy shooting a lot so using both lenses was interesting to see which results I would prefer.

I took a variety of Nature shots on both lenses of an area of fallen leaves and also used exposure to differ the images. I feel as though both lenses were ideal for close shots such as these but not for distance shots. After this week, I still feel like there is so much to learn with all these different lenses. Although, I do appreciate zoom lenses so much more!

Each week I plan to study which lenses suit which shot as I feel it is very much a 'trial and error' process and lenses I feel work better with types of images, other people may not. Hopefully one day I can decide on the perfect all-round lens for me rather than scrolling through amazon for hours on end.

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