What Kind of Camera Lenses Do I Use?

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My Experience

When I first became a photographer I had no idea what I was getting myself into. My first camera that I had was given to me as a birthday gift and at the time I had no idea that lenses would change the quality of photos. I thought that the lens that came with the camera was everything I needed and boy was I wrong.

When buying a lens, it really comes down to what you will be using it for. Your friend or role model on Instagram may have an entirely different use of their camera which means they will need an entirely different lens than you. The goal of this blog is to tell you what I use and the reasons I recommend each one.

Tamron 35mm f/1.8

Taken with my Tamrom 35mm 1.8

Taken with my Tamrom 35mm 1.8

It took me a while to get this lens, but I can't explain how happy I am that I did. The 35mm is a definite must have for any photographer that is taking portraits or any kind of photo that requires a wide focal length. What is so great about this lens is that I can be very far away from a model and take a great picture, and still take some wonderful portraits up close with a low aperture. This lens is perfect for low-light environments and I love taking night photos with it.

Canon 85mm f/1.8

Taken on the 85mm f/1.8

Taken on the 85mm f/1.8

The 85mm was my first camera lens that I bought after I got my camera. I heard from so many people that this was the lens to go for and I wasn't disappointed. Not only is it perfect for low light but it allows a great bokeh effect no matter what the aperture is set at making it perfect for portraiture.

Even though I do have a few other lenses I only primarily use these two for what I do. If you're looking into taking portraits I definitely recommend either of these as good starter lenses. If you enjoyed this post please leave a comment below and tell me what lenses you use! 

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Was 2016 So Bad?

It depends on who you ask.

For me, it wasn't awful. I feel like I grew a lot as a human being and as a photographer. It's amazing actually, the difference between photos that I took a year ago and now. I'm always trying to improve myself. In the photography, industry competition runs rampant. I have seen it first hand and it isn't pretty. It is because of the competition aspect that I have been trying to improve myself so much. I don't have time to focus on what others are creating because I'm trying to create something better than yesterday. 

If you continuously compete with others, you become bitter, but if you continuously compete with yourself, you become better.

In the year and a half that I have been shooting I've asked many people to collaborate, and most of the time they have said no. I was upset and angry when this occurred and I believe a part of me did become bitter. I feel like they let their ego get the best of them. After the many incidents where that happened I decided to not let it bother me. It was their loss and I would become better at what I was doing. I decided to not let myself to play a part of their game. A game where they wanted me to be upset and give up, but here I am. 

It's because of these ego filled humans that I will always say yes to people that want to collaborate with me. Why would I not want to do something that can only benefit the two of us? I want others to succeed and grow, not give up on their dream where I almost did. I can't tell you how many nights I thought of not doing photography anymore because it seemed like I wasn't making any progress, or even if I was it didn't feel like I was. My advice to anyone reading this is to not give up. There will be so many people talking you down and saying hurtful words behind your back to try to get you to stop working on your dream. Don't listen to that noise. Listen to your heart, it won't mislead you. 

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I appreciate all of you. I hope one day I will be writing these in a studio in California or New York City. That's the dream anyways. 

Remember no matter what your dream is, it's never too late to achieve it.