ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM
Everyone is using a zoom lens now that they have become more affordable. But whats to say you need to have one to get a fully detailed and sharp photo. Your prime kit lens can do the job and maybe even better. We all have asked this question before but does it actually work? Lets find out.
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Why would one zoom with their feet? Well, it's a simple question that has a sorta complex answer. Zooming can be achieved by obviously using the camera lens to zoom into a subject or you can walk closer to the subject to fill the frame to the same focal length. By using a zoom lens you are bringing every object in the frame closer into your camera. Therefore, the more you increase the focal length the more you are enlarging whatever is in the background. If using a non zoom lens like the Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro and you move closer with your feet, you will get the effect that you are only enlarging your subject. This will make the subject pop because everything behind it will be relatively the same size as you see it with the naked eye. You are really just keeping the subject the same size but everything else looks the as you would see it. Bringing your subject closer into the field of view will help give the photo more detail and people will understand and appreciate what your trying to capture.
Now I know i'm going to get a lot of tweets from people saying that sometimes it is better to zoom with the lens and not your feet. Well to save us all time, there is truth to that. Sometimes you just will not have the time to zoom with your feet. If you are shooting street photography then for sure it would be hard to accomplish. Actually, a lot of the time you might not care about the subject and you want to zoom with your lens. So really it is more of a matter of preference. It will depend on how you want your final image to look. And that is what matters.
So take this information and use it. Try if for yourself and see how the images are different. You might be surprised. Happy shooting!