Go Wide or Go Home! Get Creative with the NEW Tamron 20mm Sony E Lens


hey we just arrived here in Yosemite and
I’m gonna shoot this entire weekend with nothing but a 20 millimeter lens just 20
millimeter I think I’ll be exciting to do so I’m gonna get started let’s go
shoot. Hey, everybody, this is JP Morgan we’re out here in Yosemite
we came to Yosemite this weekend for a couple of reasons. The moon is going to
be up a rising full moon just as the Sun Goes Down but the real reason we’re here
is to check out the 20 millimeter Sony mount this is a great offering from
Tamron this entire range of lenses they’ve got 24 35 and now the 20 is a
2.8 they’re all 2.8 they’re on the exact same barrel size so you have about a two
and a half inch lens which makes them very compact very small you know 20
millimeters an interesting lens because it’s either about getting you more
showing more and a lot of times like I was shooting some shots here of El
Capitan and I wanted to see that the reflection in the water and I want to
see El Capitan. That 20 millimeter was exactly what I needed to be able to get
all of that in in a single shot. It’s also fabulous because I did a horizontal
kind of panoramic view of El Capitan right here with the bright rock in the
background and the shadowy trees in the foreground with that 20 millimeter it
looked fabulous so this 20 millimeter really is about
getting more into the frame that’s one aspect but the real aspect of a 20
millimeter lens the real reason that you use a 20 millimeter lens I think is to
force the perspective you want things in the foreground close and make a strong
subject matter statement in the foreground and then the background
pushes deep and interesting back there so it’s about creating a forced
perspective that’s really what you want the other thing about this lens is
really fabulous is it’s a 1.2 macro lens which means you can get in super close
four point three inches you can focus 4.3 inches from your subject matter
which does give you that ability with a 20 millimeter lens to give that force
deep perspective that’s something up close to you like a flower or whatever
in the foreground but then you get that really deep background and if you want
to pull your focus you can so everything falls out of focus or go a little deeper
focus f11 f-16 and you can see everything from that
better up front into deep focus into the background so you get that 2.8 which is
fast I mean there are faster 20 millimeters out there but what I love
about this series from Tamron everything they’ve done from their 35 their 24
their 20 there are 17 to 28 28 to 75 and soon coming the 75 to 180 I just love
the fact that the form factor is so small so the lens doesn’t have anything
to switch to auto focus or manual focus on the lens that’s what keeps it so
small all you do is you simply touch the back of your the FN button on the back
of your Sony gonna give you a menu and in that menu for focus you go to manual
or to auto focus so it’s it can either be single frame auto focus continuous
auto focus or manual once you go to manual then this is going to work on the
front just like any manual focus would go so that’s really what’s made this
there’s no internal stabilization in these you’ll stabilize in your camera if
you have a lot of the Sony’s and just really made to be able to be on a Sony
camera. This has been a lot of fun to be here in Yosemite and to see this valley
through the perspective of them a 20 millimeter lens such an interesting
perspective that gives you a lot but also can get in tight on things and give
you a force perspective we’ve played with all those things let’s get a little
review of the weekend first off we start at Sentinel bridge here’s some of the
images we shot there at night as the Sun had already gone down you see the moon
coming up those gorgeous wide images of the water in the foreground and the Sun
and the moon in the background next morning we were out and we shot a lot of
El Capitan reflecting in the water which was beautiful because in that wide view
you can get in there and you can see the foreground and way up into El Capitan
which was so huge those were beautiful here’s some of those then that night we
came up here to Valley View this is one of my favorite spots because you’re
looking out at El Capitan into that whole valley and you got the water and
rocks in the foreground then this morning we played around over at the
lodge we don’t over the lodge and I shot a lot of images just in the lodge with
mixed night I love mixed light you got tungsten and daylight got that cool and
warmth I shot some shots of a phone that I really loved you get that curl of the
cord coming towards the camera got the phone then the the lamp in the
background which gives you some depth with that color that was a lot of fun
plus with this 20 millimeter lens architecturally it gave me the ability
to shoot in those spaces and just give me a great
huge vista of the lodge and to be able to play with that I love using a
20-millimeter because it makes me see the world differently
most people don’t usually get this wide most people don’t get much wider than 24
so this just gives you that that look at the the world that’s so interesting we
shot some stuff of a fence and some other places where we’re playing with
that forced perspective things up front that’s Valley View that’s exactly we got
things up front things deep so we’re back from Yosemite and it’s time to
process images this is always the exciting part for me because you get to
see exactly what you got which I love doing I have been using luminar for
since the software came out they are recently become a sponsor here at the
slanted lens the reason I have used them is couple of great things and one is
that it’s quick I can make quick changes and apply them it’s very easy to make
those changes I don’t have to go through a lot of steps to get there the software
really has done and put a lot of those steps in for me so I can go through my
images a lot quicker I can use it either as a plug-in to photoshop or I can use
it as a standalone I’m gonna use it a standalone today so let’s get started
with my image here normally I would go underneath the light mode here and I
would start messing with exposure and highlights and shadows and all that but
really what I’m gonna go to is the AI enhance and as I push this all the way
over that’s gonna do a lot of what I want to do to this image because it’s
understanding the image it’s reading the information there and just giving a
pretty good look because I want to open the shadows in the foreground I don’t
want to blow out the highlights in the background and that just gives me a nice
just a great starting point so I’m gonna go in here now I’m gonna go back to the
light and I’m just gonna open the exposure up just a little bit I want I
want that mountan just a little bit brighter for me alright so I’m gonna go
back up to light module now and I’m going to hit the detail enhancer I’m
gonna sharpen this to me about 30% and blow it up so I can take a look at the
as it comes in alright I’m gonna leave it essentials
now I’m gonna go back down to the pro I’m gonna come here to color enhancer
and under the hue I want to just mess with the blue in the sky a little bit of
the foreground so I’m gonna set this on my blue level here and then I’m gonna
that off a little bit and just make that look a little more nice and blue so there’s the work I did on the image
in my first layer and then there is adding just a little bit of that warmth
I’m at 12% I’m again you make it really warm but I wanted to but that’s not good
you keep at 12% and I’m feeling like that’s pretty awesome there I don’t want
to mess with that anymore so these images I shot with that 20 millimeter
are just fabulous they’re sharp and they give you just great view I love the
color on these images and with luminar is able to kind of punch things up even
a little more and give me a great image so there we have it processing of
luminar you’ll see it’s doing this a lot because it’s just it’s fast and it’s
easy it’s powerful it just makes it simple for me to get in make some quick
Corrections and move on so I love it for that reason
so now we’re back here at Valley view’s we’re about to head out of the valley
Sun just opened up on the on the mountains in the back of us gorgeous
shots again with that force perspective in the foreground and the valley of the
background but love using this lens it’s just a small compact lens two and a half
inches at one to two macro which is allows you get like 4.3 inches away from
your subject matter and it’s just light it’s a great beginning lens for people
at under $350 great place to start and build like play and experiment with a 20
millimeter lens you know also you might want to check out
Cheyne walls and I did a landscape photography download if you get over the
Sun lens calm and click on courses you’ll find that download there will
teach you exactly how to get great landscape photography from a master at
it which is Cheyne walls so check that out be very beneficial to you for this
closing we’re trying to bounce the light on my face with the light that’s on
bridalveil falls in the background so we brought out three of the light Rah’s and
clustered those together and that gave us a nice light on my face which really
helped us build bounce those out those like the studios are so easy to travel
with small form easy to carry around got a battery put them up and use them out
on location fabulous just been a great weekend time to head back to LA head
back to the larb so keep those cameras rollin keep on clickin

17 comments

Hi TSL fam! This was so cool to go out and shoot the weekend in Yosemite with the NEW Tamron 20mm Sony E mount lens. I'd love to hear your thoughts on it!

I don't have any fancy lenses, like that, but I've been using Luminar for a couple of years now. I've created a couple of "favorite" "presets". I try to use one, specifically, for my Instagram posts to try and keep my shots consistent. But then I'll post some weird shot of a bathroom scale (or worse), and blow my consistent content completely to Hades. ๐Ÿ™‚

I used to love shooting with a 20mm lens when I shot with the Canon 1DX & Sigma 20mm Art (something I learned from Joe McNally with his Nikkor 20mm 1.8). Since moving over to the Olympus, I have quite enjoyed using the 7-14 2.8 PRO, right at that sweet spot of 10mm (20mm field of view). For some reason though I do miss having a prime at that field of view. Thanks Jay!

Great video! I hope you show more of Luminar. I just started using it more, trying to move away from Adobe. As I get older I enjoy lite gear. I like the idea of the Tamron 20mm, but I wish is was a little faster. Although it does have a good price point. I live sort of close to Yosemite. Valley View is one of my favorite spots any time of year.

It looks like an interesting lens, but f/2.8 would be too small for much of my work. Would be fine for travel or general street work though, nice and compact. I own the sigma 20mm 1.4 and it gives me the dof control I want. I love it.

I love the macro capabilities and the ideas to include the far away along with the up close and the dimension it creates! Love it!

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