If you are just learning about photography, or even if you’ve been shooting for awhile, understanding lenses—what each kind does and which is best to use for a particular situation— can be tricky.
The ability to change lenses is one of the biggest advantages to shooting with a DSLR. But, choosing the right lens can be complicated. First you need to understand the basics optics of the different kinds of lenses and the effect those optics have on the scene that you’re trying to capture. But beyond that, you have to make some decisions relative to the inherent tradeoffs between cost, size and image quality.
Like I said, it can get tricky!
This video from Mark Wallace can help. It’s a great lens primer for beginning photographers.
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f you are just getting started in photography, exposure is one of the first things you need learn.
But even beyond that, getting a good handle on exposure and how the different components of exposure work together is essential if you want to take control of your photography and the images that you are creating.