Take thin gs to ex­tremes

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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!

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