Lenses and Purpose

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There are different tools and ways to build a house. The same goes with creating beautiful pictures, not every lens fits all occasions. I have narrowed it down to two of my favorite lenses when it comes to creating custom content for clients. This researched is based on the Canon platform, and what I have done with past clients. If you have the opportunity to buy them, without a doubt one of the best lenses if you’re a photographer or web designer.

Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens

I cannot emphasize this lens enough. One of my favorite lens in capturing a wide angle. This lens is considered a “ultra wide angle” lens because it can be used from daily vlogging to real estate images where you want to make rooms and properties look larger than life. If your constantly on the move and need to engage with an audience this lens is perfect to allow your face to be focal point of your videos, by allowing a good amount of background space in ratio to your face. Although this lens is one of my favorite go to lenses, it does have some limitation such as low light and low ISO’s. This lens is used for places that have a great amount of light.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens

What another great lens, I consider this lens as my favorite of all time. The reason being is that not only does it have a great price point but it’s versatility is almost endless. This lens is considered the “Nifty Fifty,” and for a great reason. It gives you that beautiful background blur, almost creaminess to the back ground that all photographers love. That background blur is so loved that Apple even created software rendering in their iPhones to give that effect on their photos. Not only is this lens great for pictures, but the blur gives it that cinematic effect when it comes to videography. Pair this with some nice color correction and you can shoot the next greatest film of our time.


In conclusion, there are many lenses for many purposes but these two take the cake. They are my favorite go to lenses because they are effective in capturing the emotions I want. Even before we glorify lenses and expensive camera equipment, none of that is necessary, all you really need is cool idea and a smartphone, and that will beat any high end production. At the top of the pyramid lies story, story is king, and everything else is below. If you can capture the story, you can capture emotions!

Photoshop Tutorial


I was rummaging through some photos I took this summer while I was playing with my new camera and lens. I stumbled upon this picture of one of my friends and wanted to master the picture for fun! This brings me to creating a small tutorial on how to photoshop pictures and master them.

People who hear the word photoshop sometimes cringe at the fact that the software is so hard to use and navigate that they are completely turned off by it. I understand that feeling especially when you fire up a software and you are introduced to a gauge of clusters and buttons that you have no idea what they do.

I created this small tutorial to show you some basics of photoshop to get your images looking clean and professional. This is just a basics as of now, where we touch on general ideas to get you to understand the fundamentals of photoshop and how a little knowledge and application can make your photos from wow to absolutely stunning.

I’m using Adobe Lightroom Classic, once you import the picture you want to edit, look on the right side, you will see your histogram and all the tools to manipulate your photos. For the sake of this photo itself, I increased the contrast. If you look at the original image, the original image looks over exposed and washed out.

By increasing the contrast, you are making the colored colors brighter and the darker colors, dark, it’s almost like HDR, minus the array of pictures taken. Next since this picture was washed out with color, I wanted to enhance the colors that are not in the darker spectrum such as the red sign on the left, and his muted skin tone.

To do that we need to play with the HSL/Color section, there we can manipulate specific colors one at a time rather then enhancing the picture as a whole. This can be useful because, sometimes we only want to enhance specific areas, such as the skin and the sign, why enhance the whole picture?

I went ahead with the red for the sign and the orange for the skin tone. I chose orange because it is the closest color to brown, which is his skin tone. By using the saturation slide, you can intensify the specific color you choose. In this case, the sign is now more red, and the skin is actually brown.

To finish it, I made the picture look more sharp by increasing the grain. The sharpness tool is great for any pictures that have a heavy front face to it. The details in the face can really bring the picture to life and give it that realistic viewing photo effect as if the person is right in front of you!

Stay tuned for part 2!