Photography class 6 - changing lenses

Photography for beginners

Changing lenses changes your shooting options. Physically taking the lens off the camera body may seem scary at first, but it needn't be. Firstly, take a firm grip on your lens. Locate the lens release button and press it in. Now gently twist the lens to release it from the camera mount. The lens is now free to be pulled away from the body.

Tilting the whole camera downwards when taking the lens off will give you a little more protection from foreign objects or dust/dirt getting into your sensor. That's the power of gravity at work!

To change lenses, you'll need to press and hold the lens release button before twisting the lens off

To change lenses, you'll need to press and hold the lens release button before twisting the lens off

Use a little common sense. If you're on a beach and the wind picks up, you're best to avoid changing in an open space. Little things like turning your back to any breeze, getting the old lens off and the new one on super fast, and choosing the best time to change lenses will all reduce the risk of dirt getting into your camera. 

Click here for an instructional video on changing lenses using a messenger bag. 

 

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For the practical element on this class, I want you to take your lens off your camera body, and put it back on. It has to be said that we take no responsibility for you guys damaging any of your equipment from doing so, so make sure you're careful. In 50 repetitions you should get a really good feel on which direction to twist the lens, a feel for the correct orientation to attach the lens onto your camera body, and start to develop the skill to be able to do so without looking. 

Make sure you're in a dust and dirt free enviroment!

The aim is to help you swap lenses quickly and smoothly, whilst minimising the amount of time the internals of the camera are exposed.