Welcome back to the 365 Project with Picaboo! As you may have noticed, Facebook has a bug that frequently hides our Event Page. Because of this, we’d like for you to post your pictures on our Facebook wall. This way, we can all continue to see and comment on your amazing photographs. Also, we’re interested to know how you’re creating your Picaboo 365 Project Book. What layouts are you using? Mind sharing with us? We’d love to include suggestions for a future blog post. If you started your book, share a link with us at 365@picaboo.com. And don’t forget, if you missed a week, that’s no big deal. You can join anytime. To see all of our photography tutorials, take a look at this post.

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Week 10 Challenge: Choosing a Lens

Week 10 Theme: Shapes

When it comes to lenses, there are so many to take into consideration. It can really be overwhelming. Prime vs. Zoom. What focal length shot I choose? What about the aperture? Like, I said, it can be overwhelming. But, have no fear, I am here to help.

How to Choose a Lens

1. Prime vs. Zoom: Don’t know the difference? It’s easy. A prime lens is a “move your feet” lens. You are the zoom. A zoom lens, well that one zooms! Personally, I am a prime girl. I shoot 97% of my images with my Nikon 35mm f/1.8 lens. It’s amazingly sharp and surprisingly inexpensive. Shoot Canon? The thrifty fifty is the way to go {Canon 50mm f/1.8}. Another popular lens is the 85 mm {Nikon | Canon}. I am desperately wanting to get my hands on one of these. It’s on my wish list!

2. Focal Length: Focal length is the distance from the lens to the film. So what does that mean? The higher the focal length number the “longer” the lens. This is where zooms really come into play. If you want to shoot wildlife or landscapes, a long focal length will benefit you greatly. My favorite zoom is the Nikon 24-70 mm f/2.8. I wish I could afford this bad boy but, for now, I am stuck with renting it for weddings. Rent you say? You can rent lenses from various retailers {Borrow Lenses are my go-to guys}. Renting lenses is great when you don’t know what you want to purchase. You can rent a few, try them out, and then make your decision!

3. Maximum Aperture: Are you going to be shooting in a lot of low light? Is lighting not an issue? This all comes into play when you are looking at different lenses. I like to choose a lens that will work well in low lighting situations. Most of the lenses I use have a maximum aperture of f/1.8 or f/2.

4. Brand: Are you a brand loyal person? If not, there are plenty of third party lens manufacturers to choose from: Tamron, Sigma, and Tokina. Most of the time, these lenses run a little cheaper than brand specific lenses.

5. Camera Mount: This is very important to remember. Not all lenses for your brand {or “off-brand”} will fit your camera model. You have to make sure it is compatible with your camera model.

Once you make your way through the list, it should help you narrow down your choices in lenses. Or if you are like me, you will still have a list a mile long because you want them all!

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Your challenge this week is to look at the shapes in the world around you. Shapes are everywhere. This is a great week to really use your creativity! Don’t forget to share your creativity on our Facebook page! I can’t wait to see what you come up with, you never disappoint!

This image by Kym Motley is a really cool parking garage. Or an exposed room full of squares, depending on how you see it.

Look! It's a rectangle! Here's another photo from Kym Motley.

Did you miss one of our photography tutorials? Catch up quickly with our growing Photography Tutorial Library!

Want so see some amazing photos taken by participants in the 365 project? Check out these transportation-themed photos, 35 images of light, 47 self portraits and these amazing morning shots.

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Are you enjoying Stephanie’s 365 Tutorials? Are you in the Philadelphia Metro Area? On March 24th, I will be holding a dSLR Basics Workshop where you will learn hands-on how to use your camera and get out of Auto mode! Grab your ticket today HERE.