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Rim Lighting

Photography TipsHave you ever tried to use rim lighting? It's a great thing to know if you haven't learned yet, and here's a short refresher if you already know. When there's a light on the far side of someone, the light leaks through right around their head illuminating their hair or hat. Sometimes the line can be so crisp that it looks as though they're being cut out. Rim light is beautiful, and it adds a ton of visual interest to a photo. The real win here is taking an extra second to try and look around your environment for some kind of rim lighting. Don't settle for the light you're given, find better light. And also plan to show up during golden hour, instead of trying to do photoshop later and add in something fake. More about rim lighting from New York Institute Of Photography: https://www.nyip.edu/photo-articles/cameras-and-gear/what-is-rim-lighting

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QPT 003 – Buying Lenses And Ebay

How to find the best price for a lens and what are you to do when you can’t buy the lens you want??

  • First — are there similar cheaper lenses made by Tamron or Sigma? Find the closest cousins to the lens you want.
  • Look for different versions of the same lens. Think 70-200mm, it comes in f2.8, f4, and both versions with and without image stabilization.
  • Obviously you get what you pay for, BUT if you can’t afford it in the next few years, it’s a great option to buy a version.
  • The Canon or Nikon version of a lens isn’t always the best lens! Sigma 50mm ART lens wins over Canon 50mm f1.2. The Canon 50mm 1.2 has focus issues.
  • Go on eBay-> you can find exactly what lenses sold for used.
  • Search for a specific lens (I searched for Canon 24-70mm 2.8) and click on “Sold Listings” under “Show Only” at the bottom of the left column on desktop. Here’s a photo of what it looks likesold listings ebay
  • This will show you exactly how much copies of that lens sold for within the past few days. THIS IS AMAZING because you know if you’re getting a good deal in the future when you purchase your lens.
  • Never purchase a lens with scratches, haze, or fungus.
  • Try purchasing the L version of the lens instead of the L II version of the lens. You don’t need the newest of the new lenses.
  • Looking at the 24-70mm on ebay SHOWING SOLD LISTINGS ONLY, I see $1099, $999, $850…etc so once you see the prices that people have paid, you can get a great idea of what is a good deal and what isn’t.
  • If you buy it at the right price on eBay, then that is pretty much like renting a lens if you decide to resell used on eBay or Amazon. You won’t lose too much if you buy at a great price.
  • Buy smart, think through different options, and you’ll be in a much better place!