Take thin gs to extremes
There are plenty of websites, such as LensRentals.com, which rent out specialist gear. This enables you to experiment with something new – such as a tilt-shift or fisheye lens – without breaking the bank.
Imagine how varied your portfolio could look with a wider range of images, or how interesting an event could be with a few totally different perspectives. Shooting a town centre from a high vantage point using a tilt-shift lens is especially popular, as it can make the buildings, cars and people seem like toys. A fisheye lens, meanwhile, can quite literally expand your horizons; if you've never tried one before, you'll be amazed at how much you can fit in. For those keen on portraiture, an f/1.4 or f/1.2 prime lens will enable you to get beautiful background blur, while challenging you to be precise with your focusing – at f/1.2 depth of field is alarmingly shallow if you don't know what you're doing!