By Mark Comon

Pro photographers have long loved the beautiful images from FAST lenses shot WIDE open.  Photographers relish the subtle tones and luminous feel from an image created with an open aperture.

What does all that mean? A fast lens lets in lots of light ( f-stop 1.0, 1.4, 2 or 2.8) and allows photography indoors with a faster shutter speed.  Wide open photography is opening your lens to the widest aperture ( f-stop 1.0, 1.4, 2 or 2.8) to create a narrow focus look (minimum depth-of-field).


Why do we do it?  To create a look where the subject is partially focused or separated from the background.  It’s a beautiful look favored by many portrait, macro and glamour photographers.  The photos take on a nearly painterly quality that conveys romance and beauty.  It may not be for every subject or photo, but when used properly it produces truly stunning pictures.




Mark Comon


Cigarette Dude- Leica 50mm 0.95 @ 0.95
Larva- Nikon 85mm 1.4 @ 1.4
Flower- Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro @ 2.8