If you’re a photographer, you probably have a zoom lens.
So says Kirk Tuck, a veteran commercial photographer and author from Austin, Texas.
Always insightful, frequently provocative, Kirk writes about both the technical and artistic aspects of photography and lighting.
In a blog post yesterday, Kirk discussed the experience of bringing just one camera body (film) and two prime lenses on a trip to Italy in 1991. Here are the three things that caught my attention:
- Be patient–wait for the right moment, the right frame.
- You only need one lens to shoot art (i.e., the images that you make for yourself).
- Zooms are for sissies.
Like Kirk (and probably you), I have zoom lenses. All of the images that I’ve posted on this site recently, however, have been shot with prime lenses. These are my art images, the images I make for myself.
If you haven’t tried shooting with primes, give it a go. It’s a discipline that will help you learn to see and make you a better photographer.