When it comes to choosing the right lens for party photography, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. At the end of the day, the best lens for the occasion will depend on the occasion.
So, here are some questions to ask yourself before settling on a lens.
What lightning conditions should I expect?
Lighting is vital for a good photo. As different lenses capture different amounts of light, you should consider the lighting conditions you’ll be shooting in. For outdoor daytime events in good weather, for example, pretty much any lens can get you a great photo.
But for evening events where you can’t control lighting, you need a lens with a wide aperture. And while most modern lenses have aperture settings, prime lenses, on average, have wider apertures than zoom lenses.
What’s the event size?
The bigger the party, the more distance you’ll need to cover. Zoom lenses typically weigh way more than prime, making them difficult to lug around. But, with a zoom lens, you also won’t need to wander around as much as they let you control focal lengths and zoom in to take the perfect shot.
Being further away from the action also means you will have more manoeuvrability and control over positioning, which is also applicable to event videography.
What kind of photos do I need?
Typically, events require candid shots (of both the expected and unexpected variety) and posed shots, as well as focused and wide shots.
To capture all the action in a concert photo, you need a wide depth of field, which prime lenses don’t have. But with their narrow depth of field, fast shutters, and single focal length, prime lenses can capture amazing and unexpected candid shots that might end up blurry with a zoom.
So, both lens types have their pros and cons. But we hope we’ve helped you determine which best fits your event photography needs.
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