By Luke Heyfield

By Luke Heyfield

Many camera kits come with a 18-55mm zoom lens, which is a versatile lens under common shooting conditions. But if you want to take portraits with nice bokeh, or shoot in low-light conditions, these kit lenses usually aren’t optimal. Most of these lenses have a maximum aperture of f-4/5.6 (depending on the focal length you’re shooting at) and it can be a bit tough to achieve these effects with that aperture.

Many photographers swear by an f-1.8, 50mm lens. Some even say this is their main shooting lens and they barely use other lenses.



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Ed Mercer

I am the other half of our husband and wife Photography studio with my wife of 41 years Sue. We opened our studio in Danvers, Ma in February of 1979. As members of Professional Photographers of Mass, New England and America, our goal in life is simple – Capture the beauty in every subject and create timeless joy to share. We are still at it after all these years and love what we do as much as when we started. Together we are also teaching and coaching photography, image editing, and the business of photography.

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