Photo Safari Skills: Composing with a Prime Lens

24th August 2017

Prime lenses offer fast apertures, rugged design and the finest optics available; as a result, they've become the "go-to" lenses for professional photographers all over the world.

However, there are drawbacks such as weight, and of course the fact that you can't adjust your composition by changing you zoom/focal length. I was watching some lions recently, and one of the youngsters was resting on the top of a bank. With my guests, I discussed how to compose a simple portrait with only one focal length.

These were the 4 options that I believe "work" by still maintaining a pleasing composition. Which is your preferred option? Let me know in the comments below....

Landscape - bottom left

Landscape - top left

Portrait - bottom

Portrait - top


Photo comment By Allan Semmler: Landscape Top Left works for me, I like the bank and the lion both in focus
Photo comment By Edward Selfe: Allan - thanks for commenting. I’m keeping my preference quiet for now!
Photo comment By Mike White: Landscape bottom left best for me as I think too much in focus bank is a distraction
Photo comment By Ronnie Epstein: The key objective here is to remember to take one of each composition. So often, us amateurs forget to experiment with different compositions, apertures and zoom settings...and then regret it afterwards.
Photo comment By Edward Selfe: It's not just the amateurs who forget! We all do! But I hoped that this article would remind us all to try different arrangements while we are at a sighting! Thanks for your comment!

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