Isn’t it ironic when you write a photography post littered with sub-par photography? Hopefully you can ignore that because we’ll be waiting until next summer for decent lighting.
Lenses are obviously just one part of your photography. I for one wish I also had studio lights, but even just a tripod can make all the difference to some shots. I use a Sony a58 and have Minolta, Sigma and Sony lenses so if you use Canon or Nikon your lenses will be different. If you’re looking into buying lenses, I would recommend learning the basic manual settings of your camera first, as it will help you understand what each will do.
35 – 70mm kit lens
This is the standard lens that comes with most DSLRs. These work well with flat lays because their depth of field is quite wide – meaning everything will be in focus. You can pretty much do all your blog photography with one of these if I’m honest, but if you’re looking to up your game there are definitely a few other options to help you out.
This is one of the only lenses I’ve bought with a specific focus in mind. I shot a wedding a couple of years ago and I wanted something for portraiture. I would thoroughly recommend this lens for fashion bloggers as it makes a really lovely soft focus if you’re standing a little way away from your background. I also like to use it in product shots because of the shallow depth of field.
Macro lenses are definitely meant for nature photography or situations where you need to be up close and personal with your subject. My macro lens isn’t the best for that kind of thing but does work quite well with blog photos if I only need a tiny of the subject in focus.
This is definitely a fun lens and certainly not a necessity for blogging, but I love it just to mess around with. It can make for interesting exteriors for travel bloggers for example, or just be a fun way of creating a photo diary – I did a Christmas one a few years back.
That’s it for my lens roundup. Let me know if you have any must-have lenses that aren’t on my list!