Why I switched camera lens & how I use it

If you’ve been reading this blog for some time, you’ll know that I love nothing more than LOADS and loads of photos! Two of my absolute favourite blogs, that I go back to time and time again, both because I adore their content, but also for mega amounts of inspiration, are Love Taza and Barefoot Blonde, and both are HUGE lovers of over-the-top amounts of photos, which fortunately are all utterly amazing too!

Now back in 2015 I invested in a new 50mm lens for my camera in the hopes of upping my photography game! And well in all honesty, I used it a handful of times, and then reverted back to my trusty kit lens.
Fast forward to 2017 and I decided that I’m going to try again and see if I can master this lens and what it’s capable of producing! And I’m pleased to say, I’m actually doing it and the results are fab!

Basically this lens is fabulous for people photos, and as that is kind of 90% of my photography, it’s a match made in heaven.

The lens let’s in lots of light, meaning much less time editing, and also makes capturing the atmosphere, even in lower lights easier. The lens also works to create really great blurred backgrounds, which keeps the focus on the foreground – ideal for photos of the family.

On a side note, it is also almost silent when it comes to focusing so is well placed for video footage too (roll on summer videos!!)

For this post I’ve taken a range of photos, including still life’s and portraits to show you have versatile the lens can be.

As for lighting, I’ve placed the original images here, which is very unusual for me as I tend to brighten all my images, though as I said previously, my editing has been cut in half with this lens as it lets in so much light! *praise the camera Gods* (as full disclosure, the only editing I have done is resizing the image to fit across the page correctly, and changing to a png format as I do with all my blog photos as I believe they represent their colour better – jpegs online have a habit of changing colour slightly)

^^I mean just look at the blur on that background!! *heart eyes* It perfectly keeps the focus on the two rather handsome guys in the foreground!^^

^^And when you need to get more in the frame… just move further away! And again… that background! I’m really excited to try this in busier locations like the city where blur is going to work so very well!^^

^^far away, vs. close up! This lens actually works really well as a macro lens^^

Honestly, once you get past the fact that their is no zoom on the lens, so you physically have to move, and that you need to be stood further away to frame images, it’s a beautiful lens to work with, even Dann is loving playing with it!
I really think our portraits have gone up in the photo goals league, and I’m loving our food photography soooo much!
I can also see this being a beauty bloggers best friend as it focuses on the foreground product and blurs the background, giving all the attention to the product.

I’m so looking forward to getting out and about with this lens this summer and getting some picture perfect memories, and maybe, just maybe, starting to live up to my photography inspirations!

And thank you to my lovely models!! πŸ˜‰ love you boys!

You can find the lens I use – for Canon EF cameras – on Amazon.
Here is the Nikon equivalent.

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13 Comments

  1. Natasha Fairbrother
    March 28, 2017 / 8:22 am

    Are you a Canon girl? I never knew πŸ˜‰ glad you've rediscovered the 50mm, I adore the Nifty Fifty (heart eyes) you really can't beat a prime, some beautiful photos Rach xx

    • Rachel Bradford
      March 28, 2017 / 10:11 am

      Ha ha yes, definitely a Canon girl! Thank you, I'm loving having the camera out more! xx

  2. Sophie's Plus Size Wonderland
    March 28, 2017 / 10:04 am

    The photos have come out great. I have been trying out a few cameras to get better pictures.

    • Rachel Bradford
      March 28, 2017 / 10:13 am

      Thank you! I'm amazed how well they came out with no editing either!

  3. Rhian Westbury
    March 28, 2017 / 11:09 am

    I do love a fixed 50mm lens as the lighting is always really good. I invested quite a lot of money into a 17-55mm 2.8 lens because of what I use it for but the 50mm is great. Lovely photos x

  4. Rhiannon-Skye Boden
    March 28, 2017 / 12:15 pm

    lenses baffle me so much, but you got such gorgeous shots I'm tempted to stop being so afraid of my camera and to learn more!

  5. Becca
    March 28, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    These pictures are so clear – and what great subjects to take pictures of, they both look so happy! x

  6. Mellissa Williams
    March 28, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    My husband bought a 50mm lens for his Canon 80D recently and really likes it. The background being out of focus is a great feature

  7. Ickle Pickle
    March 28, 2017 / 6:40 pm

    I have a Nikon but only the lens it came with. I need to learn how to use it properly then look at a lens like this. Lovely photos. Kaz x

  8. Louise (@TattooedMumsy)
    March 28, 2017 / 9:27 pm

    I've recently purchased a wide angle lens and am really enjoying playing around with it. Some lovely shots above, I live for that blurred background 😊

  9. Melanies Fab Finds
    March 29, 2017 / 9:54 pm

    You have some lovely natural pictures there. I haven't a clue about lenses but need to learn as I want to upgrade my camera.

  10. Lindsey Burton-Harrison
    March 30, 2017 / 5:17 am

    What great photos, I don't have a canon but I've an Olympus and just upgrading the lens can make a world of a difference

  11. beautyqueenuk
    March 30, 2017 / 1:30 pm

    I need a 55mm lense so am saving up for one, everyone raves about them x

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