If you're like me, when you head out with your camera to do a shoot, you can spend quite a few minutes swapping lenses, taking off the lens cap, and then putting the other lens back in its protective box or sleeve. Not so for professional photographer Jasmine Star, who shows us in this video how to do it in seconds.
There's no one single enormous time saver here; it's a matter of adopting the fastest possible flow to get the old lens off, the new lens on, the old lens stored, and yourself back to shooting the subject at hand. Those seconds you spend fumbling with sleeves, boxes and lens caps could mean the difference between getting a shot and missing it.
The video above shows you Jasmine's workflow (twice over, even), and she has it down to about three to six seconds per swap. It's simple -- she removes the lens caps at the beginning of the shoot so she doesn't have to fiddle with them when changing lenses, and is a practised hand at how the lens mounts so she doesn't waste time getting it to fit before it's secured. She cradles the old lens on the inside of her arm before stashing it. It also doesn't hurt that she's using a side-access camera bag that makes reaching in and getting what you want easier than taking off a backpack.
Commenters over at DIYPhotography.net point out that Jasmine may be risking her lenses and her camera sensor this way -- with no cap on the mount size of the glass she may damage them, and there's a risk of dust falling into the sensor while she changes lenses. She points out she gets her lens serviced twice a year, angles the camera down, and notes that if you're not a pro shooter, the risks are minimal.