Nashville Wedding Photographer's Lens Guide

Nashville Wedding Photographer's Lens Guide

Posted By Admin: 8/24/2012 10:09:21 AM.   Posted To Photographers / Guest Authors

Choosing the correct lens for photographing a wedding can be tricky. Doerman Photography, Nashville Wedding Photographers, has a guide to getting the best use of your lenses.

Wide Angle Lenses - This category covers lenses with focal lengths of less than 35mm. Wide angle lenses are not simply for "getting it all in," but more about putting the viewer into the action. Wide angles are great for receptions or to add some drama to portraits at interesting locations. Be careful, though, wide angles create distortion. Arms or legs that are near the edge of the frame can appear much larger than normal.

Normal Angle Lenses - This category covers lenses with focal lengths 35mm to 70mm. Normal angle lenses are closer to how the human eye perceives the world. It's safe to use normal angle lenses for any type of situation. These lenses are generally cheaper in price than the other two types. The 50mm 1.8, for example, can be purchased for around $100. Normal lenses are agile in the fact that they can be used for a large number of events. They will rarely limit you in photographing a wedding. Keep in mind that normal lenses can be considered boring if you use them throughout the entire wedding. Be sure to mix things up with different focal lengths.

Telephoto Lenses - This category covers lenses with focal lengths above 70mm. Telephoto lenses are required when you are not able to get close to your subject. These are great for ceremonies because you can be towards the back and not interrupt the service. Additionally, telephoto lenses are ideal for portraits and headshots because they have very low distortion. Distortion occurs in wide angle lenses considerably and normal lenses a small amount. Telephoto lenses do not give this effect and will be more flattering on your subject.

Many photographers use the lens 70-200 2.8 for portrait photographs of individuals and couples. The longer the focal length, the more compression; this allows you to naturally remove potentially distracting elements in the background while simultaneously blurring out the background.