Oh Liv loves this shot! And I think I love it even more than she does! Don't you know this one is going on some wedding montage someday! There's not much better than showing a picture to your in-the-trenches-of-puberty-15-year-old daughter of herself, and she replies, Oh, I am so pretty, Mom! Oh yes you are! You always have been!So let's talk about the nifty 50 and all its glories. And let me tell you, a 50mm lens is divine!
My dad is a darkroom instructor. Plain ol' film is the only way he shoots. And he instructs all the students to start with a 50mm lens to learn the basics. And we may not agree on everything, but I whole heatedly agree about this one! You see he keeps telling me and all his students that a 50 mm will teach you all about your camera. It will help you see light and makes the photographer concentrate on composition. It's good stuff. And it can do all this while getting fabulicious results relativity easily! So I have to agree, if you can only have 1 lens, I'd make it a 50mm. If you just got a DSLR and want to learn to do more than taking photos on the "auto" setting, I highly recommend spending just a tiny bit more money, take off the kit lens your camera came with off and put it away, and put on a 50mm. It'll get you portraits, and if you step back it can get you a wider angle pics too. It's not too close but not too far either. And before you think it's a lens for beginners, it's also a lens that most professionals have in their bag, but use often.
OK, admittedly, this one isn't in great focus. But I'm too busy to care enough to find a replacement. But I did want to show you that pulling back is a great option for the 50mm too.
I was about 15 yards away from her when I took this.
Oh yea... and all those little numbers are also wonderful for taking pics in low light! But wait there's more! They can also help you get faster shutter speeds for those quickly moving kiddos!
I haven't re-touched, edited, or Photoshopped her eyes in this pic. If you were to blow it up, you'd notice that her lovely eyelashes are still in sharp focus! I also love the texture on the hat in this pic.
The first thing that most budding photographers ask me, shortly after they get their new DSLR out of the box and snap a few shots, is how to get that pretty blurry/fuzzy background, called bokeh. But without getting into a whole 'nother post too much, lets just say that the 50mm does create that yummy blurry bokeh very well. All those little numbers, the 1.8, 1.4, and 1.2, are what give the possibility of creating that delicious blurriness while the subject stays in crisp focus. And that seems to be what we mamas first want learn to take photos of! At least that's one of the things I want... great portrait shots of my kiddos of course!
Oh, 1 more thing... if you want to impress you non-photog friends with your vast knowledge of photography, be sure to drop in words and phrases like "photog" and "piece of glass." They'll be so impressed!