The Best Wide-Angle Lens For Nikon D3300

Nikon’s D3300 is one of the leading entry-level DSLR’s available at great price. Its EXPEED 4 image processor, Wi-Fi connection, and in-camera distortion corrector make this a best-buy product of the year. It comes with an 18-55mm kit lens which definitely gives good results, but who doesn’t like something better. Here are the best wide-angle lenses for Nikon D3300 that will take your photography to next level.

1. Nikon 55-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 VR

This lens is perfect for complimenting the original lens. In addition, it gives you complete coverage from wide angles (a feature missing with the original lens). This lens usually comes in the Nikon D3300 bundle kit and will also give you the longest zoom taking you to a 450mm equivalent. This is the best lens if you are someone who loves wildlife photography. But the important thing to note is the extra weight of the lens (it is heavy and expensive).

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2. Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 DX II

This lens is for those who find other lenses too expensive on their pockets. The best feature about this wide-angle lens is the fast f/2.8 aperture that helps in amazing low light performance. This lens does have its own flaws, but for the price it comes, it is the best option for aspiring landscape photographers.

3. Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR

This is literally the all-in-one lens for capturing everything right from wildlife to wide-angle shots. It has a wide zoom range equivalent to 27-450mm but with it comes the weight too. Moreover, this lens has vibration reduced for the events of low light and produces sharp images. The only thing to keep in mind is the high price tag that comes along with this lens.

4. Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5

This is the best wide-angle lens so far but mentioned last because of its heavy price. The focal length of this lens is just ow’ that is equivalent to 15mm-36mm on a 35mm camera. The downside of this lens for Nikon D3300 (as of all the wide-lens) is the low light performance.

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Tips to pick a good wedding photographer.

We choose our wedding photographers by looking at their work and talking to them. When you look at their catalog there will be signs that this photographer knows how to make his clients pose and he knows how to compose the shot. Moreover, when he talks to you he should inquire about the guests that will be in the group shots.

I will tell you more about each of these topics.

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Poses

This first quick tip will help you spot a lousy photographer. Do his shots appear dynamic or are the bride and groom just standing there doing nothing? If these photos look dull, you should skip this photographer and find someone that knows how to do poses. A professional knows how to stage and capture intimate moments. Example of dynamic shots would be- the bride and groom staring into each other’s souls, are they in an embrace or sharing a laugh?

A common pose used by professional wedding photographers is the Hourglass Silhouette pose. This pose is easily recognizable and is done by having the bride bend her front leg so that her weight rests on her back foot. This reduces the silhouette of the legs and makes the hips look bigger. So if you see this pose, then this photographer is competent.

Also when going through the catalog watch the brides’ posture. Are the women in the photograph slumping their shoulders and backs ? or are their backs straight and strong. A good wedding photographer will make sure his subject’s profile is at its most pleasing, and so if the bride or groom has a bad posture it is because the photographer did not do his job.

Another noticeable sign of a good photographer is that the subject will always be doing something with their hands. This is because people standing before the camera either get bored, stiff or anxious. Their mental state often appears through their hands. So the photographer will keep their hands busy by having the bride or groom do stuff like hold a bouquet, adjust their tie, play with their hair, etc.

If your groom is reading this and wondering why there aren’t any instructions for men, fret not! There are some. When shooting men we want them to look imposing so often we will have them lean forward. Also unlike brides, we like to have your arms more prominently in the shot, we do this to show off how big and tough they look. If you have weak skinny arms, well hit the gym buddy!

Composition

For a wedding, photography composition is not a vast subject but it is nevertheless important. You see there is something called the horizon line. In every photograph, the horizon will appear or be implied in relation to the subject. Good photographers ensure that the horizon does not appear at the elbows, knees, hips or ankle.

Knowing the guests

A sign of a good photographer is that he will ask questions about the guests so that he can plan the group shots. They ask questions so that they can avoid awkward situations, like putting exes in the same shot or keeping people with grudges in the same shot. Moreover, he will want to know which people are close friends so that he will group them together to make some fun & dynamic shots. If he has not asked you these questions, then you know you are dealing with an amateur.

This guide will help you spot the professional from the amateur. Have an amazing wedding and congratulations on finding the love of your life!

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