The Must Have Lens For A beginner

You bought your first Dslr with the kit lens, congrats. You’ve been playing with the features, getting to know the camera and the lens.  Have you practice enough with it , taking the pic in your backyard , photo shoots of your pet and friends. Of course you did.

Now you’re starting to think about what to buy next.  Investing in lenses is very critical you have a plenty of options and at the same time you are not sure what to buy as an upgrade to your kit lens. Should you go for some expansive glass with a wide f-stop or stay economical.

Here we are going to talk about which lens is very essential to have in your armory and is very important for beginners to practice with . And that is the 50mm , yes the 50mm prime lens also known as “Nifty Fifty”. its the most natural lens to upgrade to.

Reasons to Buy a 50mm:50mm-must-have

As a beginner, you are just used to the kit lens now its time to get your hands on a prime lens (fixed focal length lens) with a f-stop of 1.8 , its cheap and offers a quite wide aperture. Here we shall discuss the quality and advantages of a 50mm and why you should definitely have it in your camera bag.

You can buy and check out the prices of 50mm by clicking here or at the top right corner, its an Amazon link you can check for all available lenses. 

Number 1:

A 50mm lens comes the closest to capturing what you eye naturally sees, so many beginning photographers find it a good training lens.  it is equivalent to the focal length of your eye, So you find it very useful.

Number 2:

With the wide aperture of f1.8, especially going from your typical kit lens this lens let more light in. This allows you to use either a faster shutter speed and avoid camera shake, or a lower ISO and avoid the noise you get from higher ISOs, or a combination of both.

Number 3:

When you see a portrait, for instance, that has a softly blurred background behind the subject, this is caused by using a shallow depth of field. This can be achieved by using a low f-stop on the lens. Prime lenses typically produce nicer bokeh than most zooms, and with the f1.8 aperture, you can make some really nice bokeh. Bright lights, off in the background, twinkle with this little lens!

Number 4:

The 50mm lens is a versatile lens because of its focal length, as a portrait lens, it can also be a great lens for street photography, not too wide, not too long. On a cropped or APS-C sensor it is also a great portrait lens, not so long you need to stand across the street. Can also use as a Landscape lens although it is not wide enough but still can produce great landscape photos.

Number 5:

Because of it’s light weight, and big it’s big aperture f1.8  the 50mm is a great addition to your bag for trips. You should never forgot your little Nifty Fifty.  Even if you have two kit lenses that cover that focal length ,the 50 f1.8 fills the bill for low light photograph that the other two can’t because of their aperture limitations.  Plus it weighs practically nothing, you don’t even know it’s in there.

Number 6:

Prime or fixed focal length lenses are usually  sharper than zoom lenses. You will also experience increased sharpness due to the wider aperture which allows, as I mentioned above, being able to shoot at faster shutter speeds and lower ISO.  Being able to get a fast enough shutter speed to eliminate camera shake, or freeze a moving subject has a lot to do with getting sharper images as does minimize noise.

So i recommend you to buy this lens its a gem to have. Practice with it, it helps you to be a good photographer. Its perfect for beginners to upgrade from there kit lenses.


Benefits of Using Fully Manual mode

Why Manual Mode

well there is a lot of talking about using fully manual mode, that pros consider manual mode and stuff. Its true that manual mode is the best mode if you want to control everything, and do not want to relay on camera’s judgment. And it’s also very true that many professional photographers prefer manual mode rather than other modes but i have seen many using Shutter and Aperture priority modes quite often.

Here we gonna talk about how to use manual mode

Shutter, Aperture, Iso

The Exposure Triangleexposure _triangle(Shutter, aperture, and iso) is very important in any kind of Photography, and manual mode let you control it. In shutter or aperture priority modes the camera makes many decisions related to the exposure of the image sometimes you do not like what is produced. so you need full manual settings.

In this mode you can change shutter speed, select desired aperture and select iso of your need, mostly i do not want my iso to be more than 800 or so(for less grainy image ). where shutter and aperture settings come in play.

if you are very new to manual mode it might feel too tiresome to change every setting but believe me its the best mode to work in. you will be very used to it with time and can take some amazing shots.

Manual Photography

Also if you want to take very dynamic photos and motion freezing shots you can not rely on auto or shutter/aperture priority modes.

For example, if you are interested in astrophotography and want to take an image of stars at night, you need to switch to manual mode otherwise it won’t work properly. we will discuss the astrophotography in detail in another blog but here just telling the usage of manual mode.


iso 800, 10 sec,f2.8

the above images were taking using fully manual mode otherwise it wont be possible because the camera will try to expose these pics proper,y and ruined everything


in above image, i tried to freeze the water drop. and of-course i was using manual mood to capture this image, i needed a faster shutter-speed to freeze the water but with that i don’t want it to under-expose too much so the setting i used for this particular image were

Iso 100,shutter 1/1250 and aperture f4 using a tripod as well.

simple is that using manual mode improves your photography drastically and makes you a better photographer.

Never stop trying new things, thats what photography is all about. happy photoshooting

leave your comments if you want to know anything else

Learning Potography

Basics of Photography

As for starters First you need a Dslr or mirror-less Camera. We will be using term Dslr frequently afterward to refer to a camera.

A camera body with kit lens is enough to start with, to understand the camera and to take amazing shots. Basic setting on all camera bodies are almost same irrespective of the brand whether it is a Nikon,Canon,Pentax etc.

if you are very new to dslr world set the camera dial to Auto and try to capture images

in Auto mode camera decides on its on what settings should be good, considering the lightning conditions  it selects shutter speed,ap
erture  and iso to get a good well exposed image.

for beginners its good to take decent shots using full auto mode.

Understanding your Camera

Once you get used to Auto mode i highly recommend to switch to other modes.

you might missed some amazing shots just because of auto mode. Auto is good for newbies but start experimenting with “Aperture priority” and “Shutter priority” modes.

Shutter and Aperture Priority modes

Shutter speed is how fast your cameras shutter captures the image, the faster it is the less blury image will be, but the faster shutter closes the less light incident onIMGP7721 sensor which results in darker images or under exposed images.

So in shutter priority mode you decides what shutter speed you want and camera decides other settings like aperture and iso according to lightning conditions.

This mode is very useful when you are shooting somewhere where lightning is changing often so camera do the calculation and you just need to focus on shutter speed.

To get sharp images do not set shutter speed less then 1/100 otherwise a little bit of shake can cause blur if you are not using a tripod. Always try to keep it above 1/100 .

Same is with the Aperture priority mode, in this mode you decides the aperture of lens and camera decides the rest of settings(iso and shutter speed). This mode is very handy when you want a specific Aperture and do not want to change it to compensate the exposure.

If you want to capture an image with nice and heavy bokeh(blur background) you need a wider aperture (like f1.8 , f2.8 etc) so you select the widest aperture possible for the lens and capture the image, camera decides the shutter and iso to properly exposse the image.

These two modes are very good for beginners (even many pros prefer these modes). i suggest that start experimenting with these two modes as quick as possible instead the Auto mode.

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