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Choosing your first lens

Choosing your first lens

A while ago I wrote about why I like fixed lenses vs zoom lenses. I like fixed lenses because it keeps the creative side of my brain working. Fixed lenses are also cleaner. It suits the style of my photography

Light on a wedding day

Shooting my first wedding I quickly learned that I have to have a plan, a map when shooting on a wedding day.


Ireland is an island full of surprises. You cannot rely on the weather forecast because the wind can decide that it is suddenly the right time to rain.

The factors you should consider on a wedding day is rain, sun and a map of the route

Once you know the name of the venue, a week before the wedding go down to the venue, and check it out. 

Make sure that Indoor Premises have accommodation for photographs in case it rains. Rooms with white ceilings is your best bet. This is because you will bounce your flash off them without creating any sort of coloured casts. If you bounce your flash off a wooden ceiling, for example, you will create orange casts on people's faces. 



Rooms with large windows placing people opposite them, hence facing the window instead of placing them with their backs towards them resulting in fogginess in your pictures. 



Sun can be as bad as rain. When you are on the property, calculate the approximate time of the day you will be taking photos outside and make sure you know the position of the sun on that day. Mind that sun changes it's positions noticeably every two weeks. So coming over a week before the wedding should suffice.

Make sure that the sun isn't shining right into the couple's faces, that it's behind them. It will create a shadow on their faces avoiding those annoying eyes, nose and chin shadows as well as squinting!


Going around the property of the venue on a dry day create a short route that ends up in a loop. No matter how easy the wedding dress will be to walk in, it will always be tiresome for the bride to walk long distances. Mind that she was up since early morning and up on her feet ever since.

If it's a cloudy day... You are in luck!

Tamron 24-70 - Lens review

Last week at a wedding I had a chance to use Tamron AF SP 24-70/2.8 Di VC USD for Canon lense



I don't like using generic brands. Full stop. There is always something wrong with them. 

It is a heavy lens, you can feel it once you take it. After all it's weight is 825g compared to a Canon 24-70 f2.8 II which is 805g. 

So I put it on my camera, look through the lens and snap a picture. And I am so surprised and impressed straight away! Not only it stabilises the image, which I thought isn't so necessary on those focal lengths, but it has a great picture. 

However...

As the image is being stabilised you can see jumps as if the picture is trying to fall back into place. I wasn't used to it so I found it disturbing. It always made me feel like there is something wrong with the lense. 

Sometimes the auto focus wouldn't work as if it was jammed. I tried focusing and I couldn't snap a moment just because there was something wrong. It happened on numerous occasions. 

As I went home and uploaded the photos onto my computer, I looked through them and although happy how the pictures came out, I had a lot of photos that weren't in focus. There is definitely something wrong with the autofocus mechanism in this lense. 

The photos had a nice creamy background with a slight haze to it.. So they weren't 100% clean.

Despite my worst expectations of this lense, I was pleasantly surprised that the pictures turned out to be better than I thought.

This lense costs between €826 and €1250 compared to a Canon lense that costs between €1865 and €2400. 



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