A prime lens has a fixed focal length. In short, it doesn’t zoom.
If you want to be closer, use your feet. If the scope of a scene needs to be broadened or narrowed, change lenses.
In my opinion, there are also prime times for photography. Forget getting up early when it comes to a portrait. People need some awake time before they look their best. Late afternoon time slots render the best results.
When it comes to working in Chicago, there’s a prime season which we all know as summer. Outdoor work during that time is unbeatable.
This June afternoon session with a 50mm lens, created late in the day, combines all of the prime elements that lead to a great portrait.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.