I could have used any lens to photograph this cactus in Arizona. But I wanted to highlight the flowers at the base of the cactus and to do that, I needed a very wide angle lens.

I used a Canon fisheye lens to make this shot – yes it’s from back in the days when I shot Canon.

Super wide lenses tend to cause barrel distortion. I could have removed that in Photoshop but in this case, it helped the shot in my opinion.

When you pick a lens, make sure you know why you’re using it. Don’t just randomly select a lens. Have a purpose in mind like I did, trying to highlight the flowers. That helps set you apart as a photographer rather than just a snapshooter.

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