Thinking outside the lens
Ticket to Penn

As photographers we might find ourselves sticking with one style.  Photographing similar from subject/scene to subject/scene.  In fact, some photographers are stereotyped as “your typical wedding photographer”, “hdr photographer“, “storm photographer” and the list can go on and on.  The key is to challenge yourself by getting out of your comfort zone.  That could be carrying less gear or just changing it up.

I really love to walk around with just a camera and a tilt-shift lens.  Even when there is no need for tilting or shifting, it is fun to experiment.

Ticket to Penn
Ticket to Penn

During a recent train ride to New York City I captured this using the tilt-shift lens.  I tilted the lens ever so slightly, but enough to create more depth to the f/3.5 aperture.

Saks up
Saks up

How about using a lens intended for correcting perspective as a prime?  The Nikon 24mm f/3.5 PC-E lens makes a fantastic prime lens.  This photo was taken at f/8 without any lens correction.

The list can go on and on.  When you use a lens for something it was not intended for? Have you done it?  Tried it?  Do it?  Get out of your comfort zone and experiment.  Show me!  Share your work.  I would love to see your results.

Thanks for reading and happy shooting,


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  1. Something I would like to try is shooting landscapes with a very long telephoto lens so the perspective shown is more proportional. That way, for example, a tree that is close is not larger than a mountain that is far away.

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