One Camera and One Lens

The images I have created in the last year have been from use of one camera and one lens.  That one camera and lens is the entry level Canon Rebel XS and the “kit” lens also known as the 18-55mm IS 3.5-5.6.  Can one lens create a variety of quality images?  Or do you need an arsenal of lenses costing you thousands of dollars?

One lens can provide you with good macro, landscape, and still life images.  What is the key to obtaining those images?  It depends upon how well you know your camera and the various manual and advanced settings.  Auto settings on your camera and lens will provide you with good images.  If you want to learn how to create stronger images that will show stronger contrast, shadows, lighting, and shades of colors; that can be done through manual and advanced camera settings.  I often  set my camera to aperature priority, which allows me to quickly change the fstop as the camera sets the correct shutter speed.  The majority of my images are created with the camera mounted on a tripod.

I have used my one lens through all the settings 18-55 mm and aperatures (3.5-22).  I have also used the in camera monochrome with filters to create quality black and white images.  If you’d like to see the images created with my one camera and one lens, visit my website (

Have you used one lens to the fullest abilities?  How often do you shoot using manual or advanced settings on your DSLR?  When was the last time that your images were created using only one camera and only one lens?


About Douglas Wilks Photography

I am an advanced photographer who lives in western Montana. I create a variety of strong images using a DSLR, computer, and digital software. I am available for hire for full time, part time, or projects. Most of my images are of landscapes, still life, and events. I am always looking to improve my skills, network of friends and professionals, and portfolio. I look forward to creating new friends, contacts, and others who are interested in photography.
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