Zoom Lenses vs. Fixed Lenses

Zoom lens vs prime lens

Zoom lens vs prime lens

First off, another name for a fixed-length lens is a prime lens, but don’t let that throw you off…. If you want a sharp picture you must use a fixed lens. End of story.

Just kidding. I probably got a few people in a huff there. But you will come across people who swear by fixed lenses and those who swear by zoom lenses. I own and use both. It really comes down to personal preference. My personal preference changes depending on what I’m photographing and what mood I’m in. Continue reading “Zoom Lenses vs. Fixed Lenses”

Building Your Portfolio – Hire a Model

geishaThe ugly truth is that pretty people sell. And, hiring a model is cheaper than you’d think.

How do you think other photographers build their portfolio? More often than not, the portfolio work on their website is not client work, it’s work that they purposefully shot for their portfolio.

When someone hires you and is paying you to take photos of their family, their wedding, their event, you are for the most part, following their instructions and their wishes.

When you shoot for yourself and your portfolio, you are more freely able to express your own creative style.

If you had hired someone and bought the right clothes like in this photo to the left, people will think you flew to Japan and back. If she’s your friend, she may just do this for fun in return for some really fine art prints of herself. Continue reading “Building Your Portfolio – Hire a Model”