January 23, 2019
When I was first trying to figure out my camera on my own, I felt SO. freakin. defeated. I was seeing all these images from photographers I was following on Instagram, and they all had SUPER sharp subjects, with the. most. dreamy. creamy. blurry backgrounds! And I was like HOWWW are they doing this? Am I an idiot? Does my camera suck? Maybe a little of both? And it was, honestly, at the time, a little of both. I had no clue what I was doing. I invested $0 into educating myself. I thought SURELY I could figure this out with free youtube videos, right? Isn’t that how you learn these days?!
I learned extremely quickly that no, Martha, that’s not how this works. At the time, I had a Nikon D3100 and the kit lens that came with the camera which was an 18-55mm 3.5-5.6. The camera was fine, but the lens totally sucked. There really is no other way to put it. Its a great lens if you shoot in Auto and have no clue what you’re doing. But when you decide you want MORE from your images and you want professional looking pictures like the ones you see on Instagram… then its time for an upgrade.
Nikon 50mm f/1.8
I did a TON of research before I spent the money on this lens. And let me tell you, the reviews were AMAZING and the lens did not disappoint. Its a lens that produces sharp images, great color, with an aperture that goes all the way down to 1.8 so that you can produce those creamy, dreamy backgrounds!! (don’t know what aperture is? Sign up for my Photography 101 Workshop —shameless plug)
I IMMEDIATELY saw a difference in my photos!! And felt a HUGE sigh of relief knowing that I didn’t totally suck.. just partially! The 50mm 1.8 lens was a game changer in not only how my pictures were coming out, but it totally changed my confidence. After learning how to shoot in manual, I decided to start my business and take family sessions! I only used my 50mm1.8 for the first solid 4 months of my business. I shot 54 family sessions, 10 senior sessions, 4 maternity sessions, and a wedding with only my sweet baby 50mm. Two years later I have a super successful wedding photography business and have hosted 3 completed sold out Photography 101 Workshops! I don’t say this to brag, but to encourage you— that you can begin with this one simple lens, change your confidence, and grow your business!
Free advice: Invest in your education!!! It’s the one investment in your business that is a PROMISED return!
You can buy your Nikon 50mm1.8 lens right here!
PS: If you shoot with a Canon camera, you will want the Canon 50mm1.8! If you shoot with Sigma, you will want the Sigma 50mm1.8.