The Best Canon Lenses for Wedding, Portrait, and Low Light Photography

Do you have a Canon for your DSLR camera? Are you into wedding, portrait, and/or low light photography? Are you looking for a lens that would suit those types of photography are into? If yes, well you are in luck today as this guide will fill you in on the best lenses to use for whatever photography you do, whether it’s wedding, portrait, or low light photography.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Canon’s EF 50mm f1.8 Mark II is an ideal choice for portrait and low-light photography on a budget. The 50mm focal length is a little short for classic portrait photography on a full-frame camera, but mount it on a cropped-frame model and it becomes equivalent to 80mm, a perfect length for portraits. Meanwhile, the f1.8 aperture can deliver a blurred background and gathers more than eight times as much light than the kit lenses when zoomed-in. indeed, this camera is for the thrifty-fifty.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Canon’s EF 50mm f1.4 USM is another ideal portrait lens for cropped bodies and a step-up from the f1.8 model above. You get a brighter aperture which at f1.4 can gather 16 times more light. You also get USM focusing which is quicker and quieter than the f1.8 model, not to mention having easier manual focusing and a superior build quality. If you spend a little extra, this lens is a good bargain.

Sigma 50mm f1.4 DG HSM Art

If you want a truly high-end 50mm lens with autofocus, the best choice would be Sigma’s 50mm f1.4 ART lens. In tests, it delivers better contrast and crisper details across the entire frame, especially in the corners. While the Sigma is bigger and heavier than any of the Canon 50mm lenses, it costs only two thirds of the f1.2 making it a no-brainer in comparison, and that’s before you even factor in the ability to switch its mount (at a cost) to a different system should you move from Canon in the future.

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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

Canon’s EF 85mm f1.8 USM is a classic portrait lens for both full-frame and cropped bodies. The longer focal length allows you to stand a little further away to take wider shots, as well as accentuate the blurred background effect. The f1.8 aperture is sufficiently large to achieve very blurred backgrounds and the USM focusing is quick and quiet. It’s the most affordable Canon prime lens with a large aperture and delivers great quality.

Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM

The EF-S 17-55mm f2.8 USM only works on cropped-bodies, where it delivers an equivalent focal length of 27-88mm – ideal for capturing group shots and single portraits. The f2.8 aperture may not be as large as the lenses listed above, but is still sufficient to deliver a nice blurred background, and there’s image stabilization to iron-out any wobbles. An far as wedding photographers like Rowan Watts Photography is concerned, this is the ideal lens for cropped bodies

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

Canon’s EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM is a favorite of pro portrait and wedding photographers, and is now more popular than ever in an improved Mark II version. It delivers a perfect range on full-frame bodies for group shots and single portraits, and is also great for cropped bodies if wide-angle isn’t important. The f2.8 aperture may not be as bright as the lenses above, but it still delivers nice blurred backgrounds and as an ‘L’ model it features excellent build quality and manual focusing.

Flash for Photography: When Do I Use It?

The usage of flash in photography has always been a sticky subject among photographers and even non-photographers as well. In fact, there are actually some photographers who despise the idea of using flash or even light modifiers as they feel either they are “unnatural” or just not comfortable using it.

However, there will be instances when flash is necessary to use in certain situations. We shall further look at those situations here in this piece as to what would warrant them for the use of flash.

At Ballrooms, Churches, and Wedding/Corporate Reception Areas

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Wedding ballrooms, churches and reception areas are prone to have less than ideal light for photographers to take advantage of. Thus, flash helps create a primary source of light that is brighter and more pleasant than the dim ambient light. It has to be noted though that in a number of cases, churches do not allow using flash during ceremonies, so as a shropshire wedding photographer, you have to discuss using artificial light with the church personnel before the ceremony.

To help diffuse the harshness of the flash, if there are white ceilings in the area that are not too high, you can mount flash on your DSLR and bounce light off the ceiling or nearby white walls. Alternately, you can use what is called a bounce card which (with the flash) will enable your image to have a much better light source than direct flash.

Photographing Details Indoors

For event photographers, part of the job is to photograph well the details for vendors who made a particular event happen. Sometimes, the light in the venue would suffice, sometimes they would not. If it is the latter case and you wish to save some time photographing details faster, a flash on top of your camera bouncing off a white card might suffice.

When subject is poorly lit outdoors

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Most photographers do not bother with flash outdoors, with natural light readily available. Unfortunately, that light is not always available, especially once the sunset arrives. Much like photographing indoors, you may need to use artificial light source, such as flash.

Fill Flash – when shooting backlit

Shooting subjects in a backlit setup can create a nice separation and bring more depth to images. But if the subject is heavily backlit (say with the sun behind), the opposite side of the subject which is facing the camera might get underexposed. Fill flash can help in this situation; single diffused light positioned away from the camera would do the job.

Overpowering the sun to avoid hot spots and intense shadow

While the sunlight can be a good friend for outdoor photography, there are times, usually in the afternoon, when the light can be too harsh on the photo as the sun is directly overhead. Setting up an umbrella or a softbox with the flash helps get around that problem and you get beautiful photos as a result.

Avoiding environmental color casts on your subject’s skin tone

Sometimes when working with natural reflectors, you get to run into a problem where your subject will assume the color of the reflective surface. You can reduce this effect by using a reflector right next to your subject or use fill flash (umbrella, softbox or other modifier) to illuminate your subject, which will more or less isolate him/her from the rest of the background and reduce color reflections.

Closing Thoughts

Flash helps provide dimension in your photography, allowing you to solve or at least get around the problems you sometimes face in photography. Just remember to leave some room for creativity to get the best results as possible in your photos.

Get Your Photography Website to Number 1 By Becoming A Search Engine Optimization Expert

If you are in the photography business, you surely know that getting a high rank in the search engine standings for your photography website is something that you need to do in order to be successful. This guide will give you great ideas and strategies that you can immediately implement to improve your ranking with numerous search engines.

First of all, it is important to have an understanding of what search engine optimization actually is. Along with keywords, search engines use algorithms to calculate exactly where a site ranks on their result pages. Web spiders collect data from all indexed websites and deliver it to the algorithms. The purpose of search engine optimization for your photography website is to feed these crawlers optimized data that will ideally get you ranked high on search results.

There many steps that a search engine takes to rank your website. Search keywords that appear in the headings of pages on your site are of particular interest to them. They also examine the activity that takes place on your website.

YouTube.com is a great source of SEO tips. Make sure you understand that it takes time to increase your search engine rankings. That means you need to fine-tune your site design to get this long process in motion and achieve results. Another important way to increase your search engine ranking is to pack your titles, headings and content with keywords.

Perhaps you have noticed “featured results” when you type in a word on popular search engines. You can purchase these links for your website. They can however be expensive. Buying these featured slots is the only way to directly pay for better search rankings.

Aside from keywords and phrases, another great way to increase your search engine optimization is by linking. Consider ways that you can link to your internal content, to external websites and, most importantly, how you can get external websites to link to you. Should you discover or know of a parallel site within your subject or niche, feel out the webmaster of it. You might be able to strike a deal involving trading links.

Targeted visitors are individuals that you were deliberately trying to bring to your website. Visitors who wander on to your website while searching for something else are less likely to generate sales. You will have more success attracting targeted visitors. Keywords are the best way to get your site at the top of searches that pertain to your products and services. You can also cross-promote with other sites that have a similar target audience.

Every company needs an online presence. If you are reliant on Internet based sales for your business, then a website is a must. At this site you will find a number of useful tips and techniques for optimizing your photography website.