Camera Lenses Explained: how to get sharp photos with any type of lens

Camera Lenses Explained: how to get sharp photos with whatever lens you've got

Our latest Shoot Like A Pro series aims to help you understand how to get the sharpest photos possible with your lenses. All the camera lenses explained in this series are common optics used by most photographers. Over the next several weeks we’ll explain how to get sharp photos with all types of camera lenses, from prime lenses, telephoto lenses, fisheyes to macro lenses. This week we start with wide-angle lenses.

Camera Lenses Explained: how to get sharp photos with whatever lens you've got

Camera Lenses. We all own one in some shape or form, and tend to take them for granted. But are you sure you’re getting the most from that pricey bit of glass stuck on the end of your camera?

What camera lens you pick to shoot a subject, and how you use it, has a massive influence on the quality of your photographs.

For example, the focal length affects how much of the scene you can include, which in turn will influence the viewpoint and composition.

The apertures available on your lens will affect the depth of field, and will also determine the available shutter speeds. Certain lenses lend themselves to certain subjects.

A wide-angle lens is the natural choice for landscapes, while for sports and action you’ll almost automatically reach for a telephoto. But lens choice isn’t always this obvious.

By understanding how each lens affects your images, you can think a little more laterally, and get even more eye-catching results by using a lens that you wouldn’t normally use for a particular subject.

To discover how the type of lens affects your images, the subjects you shoot, and even the way you look at the scene in front of you, we headed to Brighton equipped with five lenses, from an 8mm fisheye to a 70-300mm telephoto zoom.

This covers most of the lenses that readers will be using, so read on how to discover everything you need to know about your particular type of lens, and how to get the most from it. We’ll also help you overcome some of the most common lens problems!

PAGE 1: Why camera lenses are important
PAGE 2: How to use wide-angle lenses
PAGE 3: How to get sharp photos from a wide-angle lens
PAGE 4: Focal length and sensor size

READ MORE

DO or Di? Your lens markings explained
11 common lens errors (and how to avoid them)
9 things you need to know about using super-telephoto lenses
Full frame sensor size explained: how to exploit its advantages and cool effects