Creativity Exercise: One Lens All Week

If you're anything like me, you've found that one special lens that you love. You know the one...it's probably on your camera right now! It's versatile, you know it's focus length and how it handles light, you've found it's sweet spot for aperture, and generally know it inside and out. Despite having a line up of lenses on your shelf collecting dust, your one special lens lives on your camera 99.9% of the time. 

This is how I feel about my Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art lens. Since I bought it over four years ago, it has rarely left my camera. I fell in love with it as soon as I got it, and the need and desire to mix up and change my lenses disappeared. I'm so comfortable with it in any shooting situation knowing how to manipulate and use it to get the results I want. But this week isn't about being comfortable! We're going to get out of our comfort zone with our comfort lens and get to know a different one! So grab a duster, swap out your lens and start shooting!

Shoot whatever you like whenever you'd like and as often as you'd like. There are no  restrictions this week with what you shoot. But you need to use one lens all week that you normally don't shoot with. If none of this relates to you and you typically swap your lenses a lot, then choose your least favourite lens and shoot only with that one all week. If you only have one lens to work with, choose a different aperture than you normally shoot at (close down if you usually shoot wide or vice versa) and try shooting at that aperture all week, or if it's a zoom lens choose a specific focal length to shoot at all week.

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Try a prime lens if you normally shoot zoom, try a different focal length prime lens, try a Lensbaby or Tilt Shift. Just use something different than you normally use! The idea is to get out of your comfort zone, get to know (and hopefully love) another lens, thus offering more versatility in your work.

As always, we'd love to see and share your work, so please keep tagging #unscriptedmentoring on Instagram. Have fun and happy shooting!

- Jenny

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