What do you do when you get a new lens or are gifted one? Do you do a lot of research? Do you look at the manual (like I tell you to?) Or, do you jump in full of curiosity about what your new toy can do?
I admit it. This time I was so keen to start using the 50mm lens I got for Christmas, I jumped right in!
I am working on a ‘new lens’ blog post for February but, for now, I want to show you a photograph of Thomas the tuxedo and share a few details of the shot for the Kitties Blue Selfies Hop.
Tom The Tux Close-Up
The day of the photograph is bright, but not too sunny and as I am using Av (A) mode the camera decided ISO 125 seemed like a good idea. The shutter speed is 1/60 which is not super fast. (Fast would be 1/250 +).
The one thing I was able to experiment with that made a difference to Tom’s close up is the F-stop. this has allowed me to get a sharp focus on his right eye and be a lot sharper than I have achieved before.
TIP: If you remember my cat closeup post, the F-stop controls how sharp your picture is and how much soft fuzz you can have in the background.
With my new 50mm new lens, I have learned that this camera lens can go right down to F1.4. This is a very shallow setting. Had I used this instead of F3.5, Tom’s nose tip would be super sharp but his eyes and fur would have been blurry.
For every reasonable photograph I take with the new lens, there are plenty of almosts, and ‘not quite rights’, as I experiment with how close, or far away I need to be.
Thankfully the camera is digital and I don’t have to print out every photograph. What do you think of Tom’s close up?