Camera Lens and Equipment

The camera lens is the eye of photography, but it s an eye quite different from your own. To produce strong, effective pictures, you must make the lens your eye as well; you must learn to see as the camera sees.
That is not difficult to do, and in fact, it can be fascinating adventure. Cameras such as DSLR let you look right through the lens you will use to make the picture, allowing you to see exactly what you will get. The more pictures you make with your camera and lenses, the easier it becomes to visualize how a photograph will look without even having to pick up the camera.

The differences between eyes and lenses are numerous and significant. You have only one set of eyes, but a camera may have many different eyes available, each with greater capabilities than your own. Camera lenses can reach out and see farther, and with greater clarity, than you can. They can make things bigger or smaller from a single viewpoint, while you would have to move closer to or farther from a subject to get the same effect. They can capture subjects that are enormously large or incredibly small and can render everything in a size that is convenient for your own eyes to appreciate.

Camera lenses can focus at much closer distances than your eyes can and with greater precision. They can isolate just one detail sharply as your eyes do, but with a controllable degree of surrounding blur not offered by normal vision. On the other hand, lenses can see everything equally sharp all at once. Your eyes must flit from point to point, scanning the scene, to obtain a comparable effect.

Lenses can encompass a wider view or narrow down to a far more selective field than your eyes take in. to do the same, you must turn your head from side to side or concentrate your attention on only one small portion of the total field. However, you still cannot change the size of the image you see, as a lens can.
These and other optical differences give photography much of its versatility, its ability to provide us with familiar images as well as images that astound us, stretch our imagination, stir our deepest emotions and expand our vision.

One part of learning to use lenses is discovering how to product the kinds of images your eyes normally see. This is a matter of using lens characteristics to simulate or reproduce human vision. Another part is learning to use the unique properties of various lenses expressively having these other kinds of "seeing" at your service is one of the most exciting aspects of photography.

Using lenses effectively is not a matter of becoming a technical virtuoso; it is simply a matter of communication. You use photography to capture things you want to remember, to re-experience them, and to share them with others, you use photography to express yourself, your moods, your feelings, your reactions (in beautiful, powerful, effective images).

You can do a great deal in photography using just one normal lens. You can do considerably more with a selection of lenses, because they give you other ways of seeing and of saying things visually.
Let's take a look on what you can do and how to do it with all the lenses available. How to choose them for the expressive effects you want and how to use them to obtain those effects.
Let's start looking and seeing.


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