Squirrels Posing for our Nikon 35mm 1.8G

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I went by Walter Hall Park on Monday to get a few shots for our Family Portrait Photography Special page and was greeted by 3 of the friendliest squirrels I’ve ever met. So, I shot a couple of pictures with my Nikon 33mm 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 did not shot with a 1.8 lens outdoors. 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. Here’s why. Yes, a lower lens allows more light to enter the camera, but when offset with a quicker shutter speed, you allow your camera to capture en-depth colors of the natural scenery.

How Does This Effect Editing?

Let me put it this way. Explaining how shooting with a lower end lens effects your editing is like me giving you a haircut through this blog post, it’s not going to happen.

My best advice before you buy would be to

  1. Borrow a 1.8 lens from someone you know and try shooting a few shots.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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