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04.21.2014

There is one question that is asked of me most often when I am teaching photography. That question is “Which lens is your favorite”? That’s such a terribly difficult question for me to answer. Lenses are like children, I love them all and hate to play favorites.

All kidding aside, I carry 5 lenses with me everywhere I go. Sigma’s 35mm F1.4, 50mm F1.4, 85mm F1.4, 24-70mm F2.8 and the 70-200mm F2.8.  Most of my boudoir shoots are done in studio. My studio is very small (about 10’x10’) so I most often shoot with my 50mm due to size constraints. What if I want to take my client out to the rooftop though? (I’m bringing out the 70-200mm for that!) or into the vestibule (only the 24-70mm will do there).  I would be unprepared without the other lenses.

It’s our responsibility as photographers to get the look our clients want. In order to accomplish that I prepare the clients with what wardrobe they should bring, makeup they should wear and hairstyle as well. Variety is the key. In turn, I also need to be prepared for anything thrown my way. Having a variety of lenses gives me the confidence walking into any shoot that I can accomplish anything.

During this shoot with Lauren, I photographed her in many different areas of the studio and common space on the floor the studio is on. I used all 5 lenses in just one shoot which allowed me to get the variation I was looking for.

35mm F1.4 DG OS HSM

Shot in the common space in the hallway outside my studio. This allowed me to get some amazing negative space and create impact in the image.   © 2014 Jen Rozenbaum | Lens: 35mm | Aperture: F3.2 | Shutter speed: 1/125 sec

Shot in the common space in the hallway outside my studio. This allowed me to get some amazing negative space and create impact in the image. © 2014 Jen Rozenbaum | Lens: 35mm | Aperture: F3.2 | Shutter speed: 1/125 sec

50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

The area around the bed is very tight in my studio so I almost always use the 50mm. It allows me to get full body shots and close up shots with ease.  © 2014 Jen Rozenbaum | Lens: 50mm | Aperture: F3.5 | Shutter speed: 1/125 sec

The area around the bed is very tight in my studio so I almost always use the 50mm. It allows me to get full body shots and close up shots with ease. © 2014 Jen Rozenbaum | Lens: 50mm | Aperture: F3.5 | Shutter speed: 1/125 sec

85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

85mm This shot was taken in my freight elevator. I was able to stand outside the elevator which gave me more room to work with than usual. The 85 is my favorite portrait lens so I immediately grabbed that one.  © 2014 Jen Rozenbaum | Lens: 85mm | Aperture: F3.2 | Shutter speed: 1/125 sec

85mm This shot was taken in my freight elevator. I was able to stand outside the elevator which gave me more room to work with than usual. The 85 is my favorite portrait lens so I immediately grabbed that one. © 2014 Jen Rozenbaum | Lens: 85mm | Aperture: F3.2 | Shutter speed: 1/125 sec

24-70mm F2.8 EX DG HSM

24-70mm Shooting in the stairwell gets really, really tight. That’s when I break out the 24-70.   © 2014 Jen Rozenbaum | Lens: 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG HSM | Focal Length: 60mm | Aperture: f3.2 | Shutter speed: 1/125 sec

24-70mm Shooting in the stairwell gets really, really tight. That’s when I break out the 24-70. © 2014 Jen Rozenbaum | Lens: 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG HSM | Focal Length: 60mm | Aperture: f3.2 | Shutter speed: 1/125 sec

70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM

70-200mm Here I am shooting down a long hallway. In order to get variation (full body, ¾, closeups) in my shots without running back and forth I used the 70-200mm here.   © 2014 Jen Rozenbaum | Lens: 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM | Focal Length: 95mm | Aperture: F2.8 | Shutter speed: 1/125 sec

70-200mm Here I am shooting down a long hallway. In order to get variation (full body, ¾, closeups) in my shots without running back and forth I used the 70-200mm here. © 2014 Jen Rozenbaum | Lens: 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM | Focal Length: 95mm | Aperture: F2.8 | Shutter speed: 1/125 sec

Now you can see why I can’t just pick a favorite and my lenses work together like one big happy family!

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