Tip of the Day – Switch to prime

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Tip of the Day – Switch to prime

In dim light, prime lenses are your best friend. Towards the end of Benji’s session, the light was fading fast due to a large dark cloud over the sun, already low in the sky.

Switching from a zoom lens (with a maximum aperture of ƒ/2.8) to a prime lens (with a maximum aperture of ƒ/1.4) allows you to keep shooting while not reducing the shutter speed or increasing the ISO any further.

To account for the fading light, the pupils in dog’s eyes tend to get bigger. Facing them outwards towards the area of brightest light (usually the open sky above) means you end up with with the most even light on their faces, while making those pupils shrink a little and giving you some awesome big catchlights in the dog’s eyes.

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II, Canon EF 35mm ƒ/1.4L II, ISO 640, 1/500 sec, ƒ/2

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