I went by Walter Hall Park a few days ago to get a few shots for our Family Portrait Special page and was greeted by 3 of the friendliest squirrels who decided to pose in front of my Nikon 35mm 1.8G, ISO 100, 1/2000.
How Much Editing Did I Do?
I basically did no editing compared to what I normally do when I edit pictures.
I hit the auto tone button, dropped the whites a bit and added a vignette and that was basically it.
Should I Shot with a 1.8 Outside?
For a long time, I didn’t shot outdoors with my Nikon 35mm 1.8 lens.
Reason being. I had a misunderstanding that lower lenses were designed for indoors only, but that is the biggest lie I could have told myself.
Actually, the lower your lens the better.
I knew lower lens allows more light to enter the camera, but once I learned that you could offset the wider aperture with quicker shutter speed, you allow your camera to capture en-depth colors of the natural scenery with a beautiful background blur.
How Does This Effect Editing?
Let me put it this way. Explaining how shooting with a lower end lens affects your editing is like me giving you a haircut through a blog post, it’s not going to happen.
Nevertheless, my advice before you go out and buy a Nikon 35mm 1.8G lens would be to
- Borrow a 1.8 lens from someone you know and try shooting a few shots.
- Rent a 1.8 lens from a camera equipment store such as Photo Rental Source in Houston or Lens Rentals for a couple of days and shot a few shots.
- If you’ve decided that a 1.8 lens or lower is what you want & need, shop around on Amazon, B&G, Best Buy & your local camera shop for the best deal you can find on a 1.8 and buy.
But I must warn you. Shooting with either of the 1.8 or lower lens in natural lighting will get your hooked.
Once you’ve seen the difference, going back to your standard 3.5 lenses will hurt your feelings.
‘Til the next episode, enjoy shooting with your 1.8 or lower lens and let us know what you think.