Have you ever been shooting pictures indoors in hopes of getting something inspirational to paint from, only to end up with a lot of very dark, somewhat blurry images? …..well I have, plenty of times.
I want to preface this by saying I am not a Photographer, however, this year I’ve resolved to embrace anything that will enhance my painting skill level, including a new lens for my Canon Rebel XT.
What I’m looking for;
1. Indoor photos with dramatic lighting
2. Sharp images in dim light
3. A separation of the subject from the background
The Canon 50mm prime lens seems to cover all of these. Available in a f1.8, f1.4 and f1.2 version, the largest number letting the least light in, (it’s always backwards in photography, that’s what makes my head hurt). The one in the middle, the f1.4 should do the job.
Testing it against my old 18-55mm zoom lens, I already see a difference.
The photo on the left, with my old 18-55mm zoom lens, giving all the items equal sharpness, you can’t tell that the clock is 6″ behind the manikin, the flag is 15″ behind and the framed picture 6′ away. The one on the right, taken with the 50mm is more like my eyes see things, focusing on one object at a time.
In this photo of my dog Brandy, her head which is closest to me is very sharp, while her tail, which is furthest away starts to soften, instead of the compressed look of the zoom lens, which would have made all the edges equally hard.
The real test will be in a few days when I take some model photos at my friend, Ed Davis’s, art studio.