This is pretty important if you want to get a style, your style. Typical cinematic focal lengths (35mm equivalent) range from 35mm-50mm, 40mm being the cinematic standard. Maybe I should practice with it more on the streets though! 31 Famous Photographers that Shook the World : 2020 Updated #31 Diane Arbus. I’m trying to think of movies and TV shows I’ve seen that use a very obviously wide lens (ie 28mm in ‘full frame’ still camera terms) – I reckon The Sopranos is probably one, there are some street shots in that outside the diner where the lens seems super wide! I hope to be trying out an Olympus OM 28mm f/2.8 on an OM-2N film SLR sometime in the future and I’ll write about my experiences with that too! Often we are working in crowded places where we can take a picture very close to our subjects. thanks a lot. I can hear you: Henri Cartier-Bresson, the father of street photography, used a 50mm lens…but I would to reply: Henri Cartier- Bresson was not a street photographer (he was a reporter) and the approach of Bresson was considerably different: I would say the most of street photographers today are close to Winogrand and Gilden, because we are more encounter photographers, difficult to think a street photographer today is waiting for 4 hours in a place to apture the decisive moment. On a Super 35, the 28mm focal has approximately the field of view of a 40-42mm lens on a full frame camera. The Afghan Girl is one of the most recognizable images in the Western world within the last hundred years when it appeared on National Geographic in 1985. Arbus was fascinated with the unusual, and because of this fact she was quickly labeled “the photographer of freaks”. You need to get close with this focal length, but at the same time it doesn’t render all your subjects as grotesquely distorted caricatures. when you take your peripheral vision into account too. I sold that one…). Many times you need to get close to your subject to have impactful pictures but still you need to show the places where our subjects move…and the 28mm is perfect because also a super bright lens used at the maximum aperture will not give you a real bokeh, still showing the ambientation. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Even while taking your peripheral vision into account, a 28mm lens will make things appear further away from what your eye sees. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Use that for consert and theatre photo. By now Im researching about lenses that help me get the look I want (expressive and spontaneous) So im deciding between 35mm and 50mm but now im confused with the look of 28mm… Please can you give and advice? I use the entire finder for 25mm. Many times you need to get close to your subject to have impactful pictures but still you need to show the places where our subjects move…and the 28mm … Hallo mate! Looking at your sample pictures, it is clear that you are close, but your shots are very “point and shoot”-y. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. When using a 28mm lens on a crop sensor, you will achieve a 42mm focal length. Zone focusing has transformed my approach to street photography. We are talking about a lens where you can experience a lot. (The 24mm IS was a disappointment though. The wide angle will often give the photo a 3 dimensional look, much more than a a 35mm lens and the result will be if you were in the midst of the scene. Remember that street photography needs to show and documenting the humans and their interaction in the urban enviromental. Although my lens came with a 25mm viewfinder, I seldom use this as my camera is more ‘pocketable’ without this item atop the body. I had a situation yesterday where I was in a beautiful bookshop. Read on for more…, I’ve said before that I’ve enjoyed using a 50mm prime lens for street photography because I liked the compact size (many 50mm lenses are very small because they offer such a normal perspective and require fewer pieces of complex glass). Zone focusing may be easier with the 28mm simply because you are photographying subjects that are closer to you, so it’s easier to judge the hyperfocal distance. a group of characters in a room) without edges of the frame being too distorted and jarring for the viewer. Using an ultra wide lens for street photography is quite a challenge, and I’d recommend you take a look at some of the tips for ultra wide angle street photography that Yiannis Yiasaris provided for us. Now you just need to take a lot of pictures, without fear to make errors. Work on composition. Cunningham’s early work consisted of soft focus and blurred imagery. Hi Jimmy, glad you liked the article! It is a matter of fractions of a second. It’s been said so many times before, and I’m going to repeat it once again: “If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough. And the wider the lens for this the better, as the depth of field becomes wider too. I didn’t find myself shooting 16mm on the streets all that much though! Being able to skilfully use layers is a long time goal of mine in my street photography. Thank you, Digby. Imogen Cunningham was a famous photographer from the US. That being said, the amount of in-focus or out-of-focus objects will be greater with a 28mm lens, because more objects are in view. Small and compact, sharp and a very good contrast. To get a good shot, I would have to go very (uncomfortably) close. This is very clear in their work, and is invaluable in street photography. They threw themselves into their scenes literally and got right in up close. Just a quick comment on “28mm Is Cinematic”. The camera viewfinder has frames for 28mm but there’s a bit outside these. I’ve greatly enjoyed shooting a 16-35mm zoom on the streets too, but this was very big and heavy. With a 28mm we are drawing the viewer into the scene, with the clear result to allow those who will look at the photos to get closer to our emotions when we took the picture. I can recommend the Canon 28mm f/2.8 IS. Hi Tony! Excellent article, You even convinced me to try a 28mm although I’ve been using for 5 years exclusively a 35mm. I haven’t used either the Canon 28mm f/2.8, EF-S 24mm f/2.8 or 28mm f/1.8 so I’m afraid I can’t offer any experience there. If you’ve ever done a bit of prime lens research, you’ll have seen that lenses have traditionally come in a fixed set of focal lengths. 28mm though, is a good match for the way you see the world as you actually look at it, i.e. When you start to use a 28mm lens in the streets, especially if you are used to use a 35mm lens (don’t even consider a 50mm, for me is already a telephoto) is not that easy… The problem is when you start to use a lens like a 28mm, considered a wide angle lens, your subjects will appear very far if because you need to get familiar with the wide angle.
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