It’s no secret that I adore Phriend’s 60mm macro lens, so the other day when she suggested we swap lenses for a few days, I jumped at the chance to have that lens for my very own for a few days.
I’ve been considering buying one, not only because of the amazing macro shots it takes, but also because I keep hearing about what a great portrait lens it is. I wasn’t sure how I’d like a prime lens, because I’m used to being lazy and using my zoom to get the composition I want, so I figured I needed to conjole some people into modeling for me so I could practice- enter these two ladies- they were the first to jump at the opportunity. They’ve been friends forever and asked me to do some “buddy shots” for them. We met at a local park and for the next hour, I had a blast taking their picture- they were so much fun to be around, and even had a few cute poses in mind that they asked me to do. I can’t possibly narrow it down to just one picture to share, so here’s a few:
Well- the obvious is that I learned that I neeeeed this lens (haha), but in all seriousness- I do have something worthwhile to share– As I get more opportunities for photo shoot sessions, I am doing what I can to improve myself. Something I set out to learn a few weeks ago was custom white balance. From what I’ve read/heard, white balance filters (that you hold up in front of your lens to take your test shot) seem to be the way to go, but at over $100 they just aren’t in my budget right now. I also read that Pringle can lids can be a cheap substitute- but after going to 4 different stores, it looks like Pringle can lids are now clear instead of white. So more investigating was done– and from what I gathered, it looks like the new “replacement” is the icing cup that comes in Pillsbury cinnamon roll tubes. Lucky for me- we had a tube in the fridge (guess what everyone got for breakfast that day!). Let me tell you– this little frosting cup is amazing– I take a test shot by placing the cup in front of my lens, and set the white balance from that– I haven’t had to do any color adjusting on my pictures since!