as the shutter of my camera releases I feel satisfaction. Waiting for the perfect shot, trying to capture in an image that one moment you want to hold on to and keep forever.
I’m not going to say I’m an expert in shooting photos, I know I still have a long way to go, but what I do know is that with enthusiasm and passion you go a long way.
Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.
I’ve been trying some camera lenses in the past months:
• 50 mm f1.4 G AF-S Nikkor
• 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED VRII AF-S DX Nikkor – courtesy of Nikon*
• 70-200 mm f2.8 GII ED Nikkor – courtesy of Nikon*
The 50 mm camera lens is great for portraits or close-ups. Like Trey Radcliff says, there are 2 great reasons to own this lens:
1) You have a very shallow Depth of Field (DOF), which means that your subject will be in sharp focus and everything else will be deliciously out of focus.
2) You can shoot in very low light conditions without a flash, giving your photos a very natural look.
Read a full review on his blog called Stuck in Customs. He has great tutorials too!
Here`s an example of a shot I took with my f1.4 G:
Every time I use it, I`m still in awe of how much detail this lens can capture.
If you can`t decide which 50 mm you should buy – there are 4 types: f/1.8D, the f/1.8G, the f/1.4D and the f/1.4G lens – then read this interesting round up.
This is a good all-rounder lens and probably my favorite for traveling, as you have everything there, from wide-angle to zoom without having to switch lenses and miss the moment. (A solution to this problem, if you do want to use two lenses and don`t want to miss out on a great photo opportunity, then take two bodies with you. I got this tip before my trip to Australia and it did work out well for me.)
The weight is also a plus, it`s not heavy to carry with you.
I took this camera with me on my Costa Brava trip, here are two examples both taken with the 18-200mm lens:
To see more photos, check out my blog posts on Costa Brava or my Flickr account.
You can read a full review on the 18-200mm.
This one went in my travel bag for my trip to Uluru in Australia. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to try this lens and capture nature’s beauty with it as it is a great lens for things that are kinda far away. Like when you`re up in a helicopter!
This lens to me, was a jewel and I felt very professional carrying this one around. Only downside for me on the road was the weight. When you`re out all day, this isn`t the lightest equipment to take with you. So it depends what and where you want to use it.
You can read up on a full review here.
And as Nikon says it so beautifully: “At the heart of the Image.” If there`s anything I`ve learned so far from photography, it`s this: go out, experiment and let your passion lead you!
Another quick tip, I read “Getting out of auto” by Beers and Beans and this e-book is filled with valuable information and photography tips. It`s written for everyone interested in photography. If you`re an amateur or already familiar with photography, this e-book will definitely help you improve your ability as a photographer. Like Bethany ends in her e-book with saying: Use your own creativity, work with what you have and have fun.
*: A big thank you to Nikon for giving me the opportunity to test the 18-200mm and 70-200mm lens.
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