Today I was determined to stretch my photographic muscles so I went out to our yard equipped only with my kit lens…
The truth of the matter is this: I almost NEVER want to use my kit lens now that I have my 50mm 1.8.
Your kit lens is an old friend
My kit lens is the lens I first had. I couldn’t afford to buy another. It was the lens I chose to use even over the zoom lens that came along in the pack. One thing I was always frustrated with my kit lens over…was it’s adamant refusal to go above f/4.0 almost all the time. The smallest # I was gonna’ get—was f/3.5. And that only showed up on manual mode in rare conditions. So the blurring of my backgrounds in portraits was mediocre at best. But with some practice you tend to learn a few things. I was determined to use those tricks in today’s nature walk and really get my creative juices going with my kit lens.
- I made new discoveries with my kit lens.
2. I learned to accept limitations and overcome them, even in portraits.
But the point is limiting yourself can be one of the greatest ways to overcome obstacles and get better.
Limiting myself with my old lens
So out I went with just my kit lens for two reasons:
- I want to get better.
- Limiting myself teaches me patience and creativity.
If you’re still stuck with your kit lens…appreciate it! It’s tough when you see friends of yours or other people with nicer lenses (who get that lovely bokeh so easily, while you have to work hard to get it!) and cameras. I remember always looking enviously at close friends who had nice cameras and wondering if my turn to get one would ever come. Sometimes God opens doors when we least expect then. So don’t worry. Save up to buy that lens (or camera)– but in the meantime work hard to get that bokeh, work your hardest to get a shallow depth of field in your portraits. It’s possible. Just difficult. But when you practice it can become much easier. (I’m still practicing–haven’t hit ‘perfection’ yet 😉 )
I was very surprised and pleased at the pictures I ended up getting. :blush:
Old limitations…what’s next?
I have something of a history with limitations. First, the fact that I had no camera. Then the fact I used my sister’s (not-so-great) point-and-shoot. Then the fact I (finally!) got my Canon Eos Rebel t6. Then I only had my kit lens. And then last year sometime a dear friend gave me my 50mm. THAT was a wonderful day. Everything has just been going to new levels since then.
One super neat thing–because I have been learning new things every day with my camera…now when I pick up my kit lens it’s not quite as hard to get pleasing images. As the photographer, it’s up to you to make your images great. Don’t just rely on your camera to automatically know how to be a good photographer. Your camera (lens, etc) isn’t the photographer. You are!
So, now what?
I have a plan for the next four years of my photography. It’s not a complete plan—but it is a purchasing plan.
I have decided on the next two lenses that I will buy.
Left: The canon 85mm f/1.8 prime lens! Right: The ef-s canon 35mmf/2.8 macro IS-STM (prime)
Aren’t they gorgeous? They both run in the somewhere below $400 range which isn’t the $1,000 range…so I’m happy. But this will still take 2-3 years of saving I’m guessing. I’ve wanted a macro lens for a while and this one looks like the perfect fit for me. It even has an lcd light to help me see close up. It has a clear focusing rate of 5.16 inches (means I can get that close to the subject!!) which sounds amazing to me. The 85mm looks like an amazing addition to the portrait side of things and a great idea to expand for my future business (next 2-4 years, DV.). I want to possibly get into more newborn photography and I’v always wanted to take close-up macro shots of things like baby toes, fingers, engagement rings, etc. I can’t wait. But basically I’m going to set up a budget and hopefully get a job to go toward investing in my photography business.
Who knows what the future will bring? But this girl’s looking forward to seeing what it brings for sure! *thumbs up
In what ways are you limited as a photographer?
Do you have any tips/experiences you’d like to share?
What are your goals for the future on the photography side of things?
Crushing on any lenses? (drooling, dreaming, etc. 😀 )
P.S USING AN OLD LENS OR LIMITING YOURSELF BY TAKING ONLY HORIZONTAL/VERTICAL SHOTS FOR A DAY IS A GREAT PHOTOGRAPHY EXERCISE. LOOK FOR CREATIVE WAYS TO LIMIT YOURSELF.