50mm musings

I got a new lens for Christmas this year and I’m still learning how to use it.  It’s my first prime lens.

A few things I’ve learned so far:

1.  I have to walk around much more to frame my shots with a prime lens than I do with zoom lenses.  My feet are the new zoom for this lens.

2.  I can take more indoor pictures without a flash than I can with my 28-105mm 3.5-5.6 lens.  The extra f-stops between 1.4 and 3.5 really make a difference.

3.  Focus is very tricky when the lens is wide open.  I have to practice selecting the focal point that I want to focus on.

4.  I love the bokeh of this lens.

Here is one of the first pictures I took with this lens over the holidays.   As I continue to learn to use this lens I’ll update my progress here.

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AfterShot Pro: Corel’s answer to Adobe Lightroom?

Just after reading about the launch of Adobe Lightroom 4 beta, I found out about Corel’s soft launch of their new product, AfterShot Pro.  I was a long time user of Paint Shop Pro from their JASC days to the early Corel times before I began using Lightroom and Photoshop.  Isn’t it interesting that they have released this product around the same time that Adobe has launched Lightroom 4 beta?  I really enjoy using Lightroom, but I’m happy that there are more choices.

Has anyone out there used Corel AfterShot Pro?  What do you think?

Crave Photography Lens Giveaway!

Crave Photography is giving away a lens, among other fabulous prizes!

The lens is either a Canon 85mm 1.2 or Nikon 85mm 1.4, your choice.

The creative genius behind Crave Photography photographs a variety of subjects such as bridal, engagement, seniors, lifestyle, commercial–she’s very versatile. I love her vintage editing style.

She is also a talented designer whose templates are very beautifully detailed and enhance her photography style. After enjoying the photography she shares on her blog, you can purchase her templates to showcase your own photos 🙂

Be sure to enter to win an awesome Canon or Nikon 85mm lens at Crave Photography.  While you’re there look at her photos and templates 🙂