Lens Compression

This may be the nerdiest post in the history of this blog. But I don't think I'll have any wedding or sessions ready to share this week. You may notice, those are coming out a little slower than normal. That's because I have a new policy of making sure my CLIENT is the first to see their images rather than my blog readers. Hopefully those people are all the same, but inevitably they're often not and it's a lot more fun to see your images in a wow moment of reveal instead of in a blog post that everyone else has already seen and commented on. No one wants that.

But anyway, the point is... I wanted to share SOMETHING photography-related. And I don't do many posts "for photographers." If you follow any other photographer blogs, there's almost always a "for photographers" section where they talk nerdy camera and business-related stuff. I find it very valuable myself of course, but have sort of stifled that urge myself. Not because I don't want to give back, but because there are SO many other people doing it that I don't think I have enough to add to that conversation to justify it. I enjoy writing about photography on occasion, but I'm not interested in building an army of photographer followers. Even though I love photographers, obviously, they're not my client and they're not who my business is for.

Thus, here I am talking about photography. I mean it is a personal blog after all. And you know, photography is what I do.

I wanted to show you a simple example of the amazingness that is lens compression. Maybe it will inspire the hobbyists out there to buy a longer lens and break away from the good ole 35mm.

If you've been on a shoot or at a wedding with me recently, you've noticed me pull out my "mega lens" as Erik refers to it. It's my 70-200mm 2.8 L and it is my baby. It may weigh almost 3 1/2 lbs all on its own. And it may be super bulky in my shoulder bag. And it may be giving me scoliosis. But I don't care. I love it. It's responsible for images like this:

I can't get into the science behind why this long 200mm focal length creates this magical compression because 1. You don't really care and 2. I'd have to actually know what I'm talking about. The real point is! It's AWESOME. And magical. The environment around my subjects looks like it's sweeping them up into it and I love that. There's such a sense of place and yet emphasis on the subject who really matters. It's storytelling, art-creating perfection.

The inspiration for this post was when I was flipping through images during editing and went from this one to the next and thought "wow, I'm so glad I switched from the 50mm to that 200mm!"

Look how creamy, dreamy that change was. Nobody moved and yet it looks like a completely different scene. Ah, nerding out right now.

If you are a photographer, what's your favorite lens? I've heard a lot of 70-200mm hate and that's okay. I get it. It's heavy and you have to stand a mile away from your subject and be boisterous. I didn't want to do any of that at first either. But I've seen the err of my ways.

And if you're not a photographer, I hope this post was at least a teensy bit interesting! ;)