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Forced to Learn

January 25, 2010

I love photography. I picked up an old 35mm film SLR from my dad when I was in high school. I don’t even remember the brand. I did pictures for my high school yearbook and even petitioned my brother-in-law, who worked for Kodak at the time, to sell me his Nikon N6006 (which I eventually got). Film developing starting adding up and it was only natural to upgrade to a DSLR, my trusty D40. Now I’m on a D90, and before I had the D90 I had 35mm, the 18-55mm kit lens and a Sigma 70-200mm.

I’ve sold the D40 kit and the Sigma and now I’m stuck with the 35mm on the D90. It’s tough working with just a fixed lens but I’ve found that it’s really pushed me to learn. With multiple lenses I just popped between them and never really got to know any of them well. Now I’m getting really familiar with my 35mm and I think it’s made my photography all the better for it.

So, I suggest leaving your other lenses at home and go for a photowalk every day with just one. Get to know your lenses better and I promise you, your photography will benefit.

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