Shiv Rustagi

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GHS Yearbook Lens Guide

A quick guide to the lenses in the photo cabinet and what to use ‘em for


Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM aka Fat Man

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This lens is heavy as hell, but is worth it’s weight in gold. The f/1.2 aperture is amazing for portraits and nighttime photography, such as for a school dance.

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM aka Pancake

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This lens is a wide angle lens, and is good for getting group photos or photos in classrooms. This lens has more creative flexibility and can be used in many situations.

Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF aka Zoom Zoom

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A great multipurpose lens. Has a MASSIVE range of zoom. Best used in already decent lighting (avoid for dark rooms, etc).

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM aka Longshot

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An extremely sexy piece of glass. This lens captures crisp photos, and is ideal for use in portraits or grabbing unique angles of lunchtime/brunchtime activities. Also

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GHS Photographer Guidelines

Checking out equipment

1. Cameras

  • Use the 60D bodies, not the T2i or Rebel XS
  • If you’re going to take cameras overnight, let me know
  • Every time you use a camera and put it back, charge up the batteries

2. Lenses

  • Keep as many lenses covered—front and back caps—as possible at one time.

3. SD Cards

  • Avoid taking SD Cards home, transfer your photos instead.
  • Wipe the card every time you’re done using it, so that the next person doesn’t have to filter out your photos
  • Checkout system soon to come

Taking Photos

  1. Use auto white balance. You can always fix it in post processing
  2. Don’t use the inbuilt camera flash. Under any circumstances. Ever.
  3. ISO
    • the sensitivity of the image sensor
    • DON’T HESITATE TO USE AUTO ISO. THE CAMERAS DEAL WITH IT VERY WELL.
  4. Aperture
    • Also called the ‘f-number’ (f/1.8, etc)
    • How wide the lens opens—smaller number bigger opening
    • Smaller aperture values...

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