Many photographers I understand have lens choices and tend to utilize a favorite lens for their photography. Maybe it’s the method the lens records the sun flare or the way the lens sees what they visualize in their mind. However what if you could just shoot one?
In some cases it’s an enjoyable creative exercise to self-impose restrictions on your shooting style. For example, rather of changing lenses, you zoom with your feet.
When I first started shooting wedding events, I was afraid of my wide-angle lens because I didn’t wish to get too close to my subjects. Instead, I would stand at a comfortable range and shoot with a 50mm or 85mm. Ultimately, I learned that there was something wonderful about being in the moment, physically.
Not only do images shot with the 35mm appear intimate to the viewer of the image but it put me in an intimate area with my topic. Often they still didn’t see me due to the fact that they were so captured up in their wedding day, however I noticed whatever. And that does not even address the versatility of the 35mm focal length when it comes to pictures.
Today I’m going to share more about the top 6 factors I love my 35mm lens for wedding photography.
Note: Every picture in this article was recorded with my 35mm lens.
1. Prime is Prime
Prime lenses are outstanding for a variety of factors. They’re generally sharp, quickly, and helpful for low light. In addition, shooting with a prime lens will make you a much better professional photographer because it forces you to work within the restraints of the focal length instead of lazily focusing.
When it comes to searching for lenses, there are a fair quantity of lens options for the 35mm. For that reason, you’re likely to find something that fits your spending plan particularly when you consider third-party options too.
2. You Never ever Need To Modification Your Lens
Picture yourself shooting reception information in a smaller sized venue with your quick 85mm and the bride comes up to you and asks you to take an image of her group of buddies. Possibilities are you can’t get that shot with your 85mm. On the other hand, while you might choose a various lens for a great tidy picture there’s almost nothing you can’t shoot with the 35mm if you have to.
The 35mm focal length is great for working in tight spaces when your 50mm or 85mm might not be large enough. You can get close or far from your topics and capture range in your work even with one lens.
3. Wide Enough but Not Too Wide
Because same vein, the 35mm focal length is large but not too broad. It’s broad enough to catch nearly any scene but not so wide that it records everything consisting of various things you do not want.
I think that the 35mm is awesome due to the fact that it seems like I’m getting the entire scene a little broader than my eye sees it. It resembles my eye plus some peripheral vision which just kind of draws the viewer into the photo. However unlike broader lenses, it doesn’t feel too broad where you might get lost in the scene and battle with what to focus on or be sidetracked by distortion.
Sure, there are times in a little getting-ready space where I struggle to get a wide sufficient view of the dress or tight spaces in general where I desire something a little wider. And there are times when I can’t get close enough for whatever reason and I need something telephoto. However, in general, 35mm is pretty versatile, especially for its size and weight.
4. It’s Lightweight and Compact
That brings me to how lightweight and compact a 35mm prime lens is. I use the Sony f1.8 for that reason, loving the punch that it delivers from its little plan. If I’m shooting all the time in tight spaces and up in people’s faces, it’s great to be active.
It’s likewise nice to be able to have my camera anywhere I am and not hesitate to carry it or pull it out. It might not be huge on your list when gear shopping, but size is often a big factor for me since I want to be quick and light, allowing my gear to make me much better rather than slow me down.
5. It Shoots Fantastic Moments
This brings me back to the concept I pointed out in the introduction about getting close to people, telling stories, and capturing moments. The 35mm focal length produces a great intimate storytelling image. It requires you to get close and shows the viewer the emotion of the scene.
You’ll see a great deal of photojournalists, travel photographers, and street photographers utilize this focal length because of that. It’s certainly less intimidating than having a substantial zoom lens in your face and also feels more intimate than having your image taken with a telephoto lens.
6. It Shoots Great Landscape Portraits or Storytelling Landscapes
And at the very same time, I can shoot a fairly broad storytelling landscape style image with the 35mm lens. It’s broad enough to catch the surroundings and create a remarkable landscape picture. While often I choose my 16-35mm for versatility to go a little broader, the 35mm often does the job.
For me, shooting moments and shooting landscapes or landscape-style portraits are my support and the 35mm achieves both of those objectives magnificently. Possibly I still want something else for a tidy picture or when I can’t get close during an event, for instance.
In conclusion, I enjoy my 35mm lens for its flexibility. This focal length achieves a lot in a little plan, making it a terrific go-to for wedding photography. If you’re simply starting and trying to keep your equipment list minimalistic, you can’t go wrong with this lens focal length.
I regularly shoot my 35mm throughout any and all aspects of the wedding day, from preparing yourself to the ceremony to portraits and finally to the reception. One of the primary obstacles is that to get a variety of images you have to walk around a lot. You get close, you get far, low, and high.
Mostly, all that moving and discovering a variety in your compositions make you a better professional photographer as I have actually stated (more than once!) The obstacle comes when you’re shooting a crowded ceremony or one where you do not have great close access to where the couple is or time to shift. For most situations, I generally rock my 85mm on my second electronic camera throughout the ceremony and have whatever I need.
I’m not pretending I don’t bring other lenses in my bag or prefer other lenses for various situations. However if all my lenses were to all of a sudden vanish, I would make it through if I still had my 35mm!
About the author: Brenda Bergreen is a Colorado wedding photographer, videographer, yoga instructor, and writer who works along with her husband at Bergreen Photography. With their objective and mantra “love. adventurously.” they are devoted to informing adventurous stories in beautiful places.