Chicago pro Kendall Karmanian shot this romantic interior with Canon’s EOS 5D and 85mm f/1.2 lens.
LOW LIGHT- A lens that frees you from flash and snapshots
No matter how hard you try, do many of your indoor holiday, party, and vacation pictures look like simple snapshots? If you’re shooting with an on-camera flash, that’s probably the reason. On-camera flash throws a harsh, unsoftened light with hard-edged shadows. It renders most in-focus subjects with one level of flat light, and can’t reproduce the shading or shadows that suggest depth and dimension in a person or in an interior space.
To add shaping, depth, and naturalness to your indoor photography, wean yourself from on-camera flash. A high-speed 85mm can help. Its f/1.8, f/1.4, or f/1.2 maximum aperture will funnel more light through to your DSLR’s sensor, so you can shoot sans tripod, as Chicago pro Kendall Karmanian did for the interior at left.
Notice how the scene possesses character, warmth, and a natural quality? That’s because Karmanian used a high-speed 85mm without any direct flash. Other ways 85mms can help your indoor and low-light photography:
-Large maximum apertures make for bright viewfinder images, so it’s easier to see low-light subjects through the camera than is possible with dimmer glass.
-Using a high-speed 85mm with a DSLR that produces relatively noiseless images in low light can open up whole new worlds of handheld indoor imagery. The same is true if you’re shooting a camera with sensor-based image stabilization, since none of these lenses include it. With your 85mm at maximum aperture and shake control, you can easily make sharp pictures without flash or tripod in darker conditions than would be possible otherwise.
-High-speed 85mm can really help when flash isn’t appropriate or permitted. As John W. MacDonald, who shot the outdoor portrait on the previous spread, says, “When I can’t or don’t want to use flash, my 85mm is up to the task; as with any other lighting challenge.”