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3 Reasons You Should NOT get a 50mm 1.8 Lens: A ReviewAre you thinking about buying the 50mm 1.8 lens? Here are three reasons you should not!





So you may have heard many photographers talking about a “nifty-fifty” or also know as the 50mm 1.8 lens.  Both Canon and Nikon have a version.  If you are a new photographer, or are looking to make a purchase of your next lens you might be wondering “is the lens right for me?”  Maybe it is…or maybe not.  Keep reading to learn 3 reasons why you would NOT want to buy the 50mm 1.8 camera lens.

Reason 1: You Don’t Want Sharp Focus

If you are totally happy with the focus of your kit lens and you think your photos are coming out as sharp as they could possibly get, the 50mm 1.8 might not be your lens.  HOWEVER, if you are just kind of content with the clarity, but think that you could produce sharper images with clearer focus- then the 50mm 1.8  would be a good choice for you to upgrade to.  The nifty-fifty will give you better focus and clearer photos than the kits lens that probably came with your camera.

(shot with a 50mm 1.8 lens with a Canon T3i)

Reason 2: You’d Rather Spend Lots of Money

If money is no issue and you are not on a budget, then this lens probably isn’t for you.  If you have a few thousand dollars laying around to spend on camera equipment, I’d recommend you buy the 135mm or better yet a 200mm 2.0 (that one’s close to 6 grand).  HOWEVER, if you like your money and want to save it to purchase products that are still great value but will not break your bank, the 50mm 1.8 is an awesome value for the price.  Usually you can pick one of these guys up for around $100.

Reason 3: You Don’t Want to Be Amazed by the Results

If you would like a lens that is heavy to carry around that takes so-so photos that you may or may not love, then this is not the lens to get.  BUT, if you would like to see almost instant results with your photos, the 50mm 1.8 would be a great one to invest in.  When I first starting shooting with this lens, I was amazed! I wondered why I didn’t invest in it much sooner!

why you should buy a 50mm 1.8 lens, a review

(shot with a 50mm 1.8 lens on a Canon t3i camera body)

Hopefully you’ve figured out by now, that I would totally recommend this lens for anyone that is new to photography or is looking to make their first lens purchase.  It is an excellent lens to start with and is also a lens I’ve owned for quite awhile now.  So what are you waiting for?!  You will love it:)

What lens are you using right now?  Do you love it?  Let us know in a comment below.

For another lens review of one of my personal faves- check out why you SHOULD look into getting a 135mm.



Are you a new photographer thinking about buying the 50mm 1.8 lens? Read here to find out why you would not want it!

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Photographer’s 52 Week Challenge: Week 12 SPRING

Spring is here! That means warmer weather, flowers and little wind (and maybe snow showers if you’re in some parts of the world;) )Week 12 of the  52 week photography challenge was SPRING! Photographers worldwide are submitting their best work to the challenge and the top photo (as voted on by group members)  is displayed as the challenge winner in the Cozy Clicks: Photography Learn and Inspire FB group! You can submit yours there too or just simply hashtag your photo #cozyclicks on Instagram to be  part of the friendly fun!

Top photos for the week are selected by myself or a guest judge and are not necessarily the  best technical photos or most popular, but do show creativity, growth or a fun interpretation of the theme.

To see next week’s theme and for more on the challenge click here. To see past challenge winners visit here.

This is a fun, friendly challenge meant to inspire you,  get you to  try something new, or give you  the courage to just show your work to the world! Challenge winners are not always long time veterans to photography.  Many are brand new!

See the top 10 photos of the week (in no particular order) here! Browse through and be inspired. Which one is your favorite?  Let us know in a comment below and congratulate all the photographers on their work!




Simon Lee Photography

Ashley Burt

ACJ Photography

Samantha Boggs

Tiffany Lechnar Photography

 

Candace Grouse

Joanna Davidson Franklin

Julia Daniel Photo

Shayla P Camera Artist

Best Still Photography SC




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3 Quick Ways to Change the Perspective in Your Photos

Want more intersting photos? Change your perspective!

Have you ever found yourself shooting photos the same way, in the same direction, in the same place over and over again?  It’s easy to become comfortable shooting the same way, but the result will get pretty boring after awhile.  You need to change your perspective! You can still shoot at that same location that you love, but just alter the way you think about things.  Keep reading and I’ll show you 3 quick ways to change your perspective to get three different looks in the same  wall location.



While shooting at this location with a cool textured wall in the back, you could change your perspective many ways to get different results.  Here are  three ways to do it!

Straight On

This perspective is pretty classic.  You take your subject and shoot them straight on.  It’s probably something you have done before too.  It’s easy and doesn’t require a whole lot of thought.  The shots will turn out cute, but most likely not too interesting.  This is when you have the start thinking a little different and changing your perspective.
How to alter your perspective to get new looks in your pictures

(Shot with a 135mm 2.0 lens straight on)

90 Degrees

See how the composition looks when you position yourself 90 degrees from where you first were standing.  You’ll notice that the perspective has changed a bit and will give you a different look even though your subject hasn’t changed position and your location hasn’t changed.moving around to change perspectve to get different results in your photos.

(Shot with a 135mm 2.0 lens at 90 degrees)

45 Degrees

You can now easily alter your perspective one more time to get yet another look for your photo! Now, keep your subject in the same location, but move at a 45 degree angle to them. How will that change the look of the photo?Change your perspective to get interesting photos

(shot with a 135mm 2.0 lens at 45 degrees)

When you switch around your perspective, you can get more interesting, creative and different shots, even though you are using the same location!   And these aren’t the only ways! You could get down low and shoot up or stand higher on something and shoot down. How else could you change your perspective to get a new look in your photos?  Let us know what you do in a comment below!  I’d love to here!

Emily

Want to see theses shots in action?  All three were taken just minutes apart.  Check out the short tutorial below!




*This site does contain affiliate links.  However, I use, have used or recommend all the products linked.  If you choose to purchase anything from these links, it is at no additional cost to you and it does help keep the site running and free you you, so thank you!Photography tips to help you take more interesting photos. Change your perspective! Read how here!

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Phoenix Area Family and Child PhotographyTop rated Phoenix maternity photographer photographs at the Phoenician Resort

Session Type: Maternity

This photo session was a family maternity session. Maternity sessions are most often times centered around the new mom to be, but in this case, it was a family affair.  If you are taking maternity pictures and you already have other children, include them in the session too! Family maternity photo sessions are fun and beautiful and a great way to document the growing family.  To see more examples of family maternity sessions visit here or to view maternity sessions focused solely on mom see here.  Maternity sessions are best taken between 28-33 weeks.  This allows you to show off that growing baby bump!Family maternity photography in Phoenix ArizonaLocation

This session was taken at the Phoenician Resort near Scottsdale, Arizona.  It is a beautiful resort that offers a wide range of photo opportunities.  With the cactus garden path and a lush green waterfall park, this resort gives lots of variety for a photo shoot.  While a beautiful photo location, this resort requires an additional fee or must have a guest staying on their property in order to have your photos taken there.  There are many other pretty spots in the Scottsdale area too, if you’re not staying at the hotel.Best Phoenix area maternity photographer in Scottsdale

Maternity family photography at the Phoenician resortWardrobe

During your 1 hour photo session, you have the opportunity to change outfits as many times as you can fit in!  This mom opted for two different gowns to give a different look to her session.  Most of the time, if you would like to change clothing for your photo session, one additional outfit is an appropriate amount time wise.Father and son family photogrpahy in Scottsdale at the Phonecian resort

Phoenix children

If you are newly pregnant or nearing in on that 28-33 week range, congrats! Contact me today to set up a maternity session! Your session can include the entire family or focus on you on that new baby to be!  Email me today! emily@cozyclicks.com

Emily

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Photographer’s 52 Week Challenge: Week 11 NATURAL LIGHT

Week 11 of the  52 week photography challenge was NATURAL LIGHT! Photographers worldwide are submitting their best work to the challenge and the top photo (as voted on by group members)  is displayed as the challenge winner in the Cozy Clicks: Photography Learn and Inspire FB group! You can submit yours there too or just simply hashtag your photo #cozyclicks on Instagram to be  part of the friendly fun!

Top photos for the week are selected by myself or a guest judge and are not necessarily the  best technical photos or most popular, but do show creativity, growth or a fun interpretation of the theme.

To see next week’s theme and for more on the challenge click here. To see past challenge winners visit here.

This is a fun, friendly challenge meant to inspire you,  get you to  try something new, or give you  the courage to just show your work to the world! Challenge winners are not always long time veterans to photography.  Many are brand new!

See the top 10 photos of the week (in no particular order) here! Browse through and be inspired. Which one is your favorite?  Let us know in a comment below and congratulate all the photographers on their work!




Philippa Beevor-ReidPhotography wot natural light

KT PhotographyPhotography tutorials for leaning photogrpahers

Tianna J. Williams Photographyphotography education and resources

Erin Taylor CoxPhotogrpahy tips for working with natural light

 

Flash Me Photographymaternity photography natural light set up

Off Rhodes PhotographyWorking with light for new photographers

Andrea Reyna WolfWorking with natural light tips and tricks for pghotographers

James SteffensenNatrual light photography tutorials

Captured by Tami ImagesPhotography tips and challenges for new photographersNiki Songbird
natural light photography tips and tricks




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