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Episode 55: Answering Common Questions with Joe Fitzpatrick – Part 2
What is the best focal length for landscape photography?
– All of them!
– Wide angle (17-24mm) is great for flat areas or when you want to include long mountain ranges or cityscapes
– Longer lenses (200-300mm) help compress the distance and make better images of stacked mountains, rolling hills, or maybe a skyline with multiple layered skyscrapers
What lenses would work best for wedding photography or photojournalism?
Professionals – always use 2 cameras: 1 wide (24-70mm), and 1 long (70-200mm f/2.8)
* see articles about wedding photography on UnderstandPhotography.com
When should I use a lens hood?
– Offers the best protection for your lens
– Prevents lens flare that could degrade your image and reduce saturation
– Avoid generic 3rd party hoods that may be ill-fitting – they may cause vignetting
– Purchase a hood that is designed for your lens, even if it is slightly more expensive
– if vignetting occurs with this hood, check to see that it didn’t get bumped out of alignment or is not completely tightened
Should I use a UV filter to protect my lens?
UV filers were originally created to prevent destruction of sensitive film from UV light
We don’t use film anymore!
Can be used to protect lens, BUT…
– causes reflections, desaturation, etc.
– cuts down on quality of image reading the sensor
Use a lens hood – digital sensors are not sensitive to UV
*IF you are in a situation with moisture or blowing sand, you may want an extra level of protection – you can put a CLEAR filter on, doesn’t have to be UV
*get a QUALITY filter – if you have a high quality lens, protect it with a high quality filter
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