Standard lens – boring or brilliant?

Standard lens – boring or brilliant?

A standard lens is 50mm and a standard zoom lens is typically 35-70mm. These are the lenses usually sold with SLR cameras. The magnification perspective of a standard lens is the closest to that of the human eye. Beginner tip Use the lens that came with the camera....
Depth of field and its expensive price

Depth of field and its expensive price

Depth of field is determined by the aperture. The bigger the aperture (i.e. the lower the f-stop number), the smaller the depth of field. So if you hope to have only a part of an image in focus, or the background out of focus, use a large aperture, e.g. f2.8. If you...
The dangers and wonders of back lighting

The dangers and wonders of back lighting

Back lighting is when the light shines directly towards the photographer from behind the subject. A good back-lit image is one where you can see all the detail in the subject despite the light only coming from behind and not shining directly on it. Beginners tip Only...
Mining for the diamonds of dawn

Mining for the diamonds of dawn

All photographers know about the enchantment of the golden hour. All of us have at least once forced ourselves to wake from the deepest, sweetest dreams of the early morning, to go on a game drive as the sun rises – anything not to miss this beautiful hour. The...
The zoo in zoom

The zoo in zoom

Wildlife photographers go on safari to capture wild animals with their cameras. They use long lenses and zoom in to draw the animal closer, capture it in a rectangular cage, and bring it back home to display to their friends. I have been one of these collectors for...