When you’re taking photos in a studio environment, you’ll be using a number of lenses for different purposes. Let’s take a quick look at the three most used lenses in a studio, each specializing in a different area.
- Portrait Lenses are perfect for taking photos of people. These are usually between 50mm to 85mm in focal length and have wide apertures for those silky out of focus backgrounds. These can also be used for product photographs.
- Macro Lenses are great for product photography or creative close-up photography. A macro lens can have a focal length of 30mm at times, but this focal length is not really used to a great extent. The reason is that you have to move too close to your subject to get a 1:1 magnification. We recommend getting a macro lens with a focal range of at least 90mm.
- Wide Angle Lenses can come in handy if your studio space is small and you want to fit in more stuff in your frame. So if you want to take group photos in a studio setting, then a nice wide angle lens will be a great help.
So before you buy any lenses for your studio work, make sure you know what kind of photos you’re actually going to take. Making a decision once you know the kind of work you will be doing is much easier and more economical than blindly investing money in lenses you may never use.