Photographing the Milwaukee Art Museum, in Bright Sunlight, with My 35mm f1.8

One of the first things you’ll hear after buying your first camera is, “get a better lens.” Which I couldn’t wrap my head around, because the a6000 kit lens is a pretty decent lens.

It’s also hard to justify a splurge when your a6000 bundle, only costing so much, is sitting in your closet, darn COVID.

But you can only shoot with kit lenses for so long. AND I WANTED A NEW LENS.

I went with the Sony SEL 35mm f1.8 (for APS-C) as my first “better lens.” A lot of photographers love this lens.

I could’ve gone with a cheaper make & model, but none of them came with Optical Steady Shot. Which was kind of a deal breaker for me. (In case you’re wondering, I don’t own a tall tripod yet. Still researching that one 🙂

After testing my 35mm around the house, I took it to the Milwaukee Art Museum.

(Milwaukee Art Museum | photo by @kittysingsuwan)

My first impressions of my 35mm? Wow, great bokeh (duh). Wow, sharp lens. And wow, it does well in bright, middle of the day, sunlight.

That last part took me by surprise. I hate photographing in the middle of the day (the bright light always flattens my compositions). But I wanted to capture the museum with its wings out. They go up at 10am and down at 5pm, darn COVID hours.

It took a little getting used to, but I figured it out how to make it in the bright sun. Though I must admit, my 35mm did most of the work.

(Milwaukee Art Museum | photo by @kittysingsuwan)

Until next time,
K

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