Getting the best from your DSLR lenses
Each of the three main types of lenses has its pros and cons. Here’s how to get the most from them
1 Use wide-angle lenses for… landscapes, distorted portraits, indoor photography
Traditional wide-angles range between 20-35mm. Composing with these lenses is challenging, as they capture so much of a scene. Check the edges of the frame for unwanted objects, and get close to foreground features to add depth.
2 Use standard lenses for… portraits, documentary, travel, low light – everything!
A standard, 50mm equivalent prime will improve your composition skills, as you’re forced to find interesting angles by moving closer to and around your subject. Get a fast f/1.8 or f/1.4 prime and you’ll be able to use shorter exposures in low light, and blur backgrounds.
3 Use telephotos for… landscapes, sports, wildlife
Telephotos are a good choice for flattering portraits and frame-filling landscape shots. They’re essential for getting close to timid wildlife, too. They’re prone to camera shake, so use a tripod during the exposure to ensure you get sharp pictures.