50mm is All You Need
Course Price: USD 1.0
Course Price With Skype Call: USD 169.00

A 50mm lens once came "standard" with every 35mm SLR camera purchase.  Then this inconspicuous, low-light performer fell from "vogue," replaced by medium-telephoto, medium-aperture, variable zoom "kit" lenses.  Lost was the flexibility and control this simple and effective optical design had to offer.  These four online and interactive photography lessons with practical hands-on assignments will have you taking a second and enthusiastic look at what this compact powerhouse of a lens has to offer.  

The 50mm focal length has been the keystone of 35mm photography since the 1930s. Renowned master Henri Cartier-Bresson reportedly used just the "50" for everything from landscapes to portraiture. Fact is - even the cheapest of 50mm lenses for the 35mm camera proves optically superior to any of the current crop of consumer zooms. And from a creative perspective, this is the lens you should be pulling a lot more frequently from your camera bag - and this exciting online photography course taught by award-winning photographer, David Bathgate, will show you why and how.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Fully know the characteristics and capabilities of the versatile 50mm "standard" lens
  • Choose aperture and perspective to simulate mild wide-angle and tele-photo effects
  • Work comfortably and effectively at wide apertures in low light situations
  • Have confidence in carrying just one lens to "do it all"


What you will need:

  • 50mm prime lens or mirrorless camera with a fixed 50mm lens or equivalent
  • Computer with photo-processing software (e.g. Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, etc.)
  • Willingness to go "simple" and "light"
  • Self-motivation to get the most from this instructor-interactive course
Lesson plan:
  • Learning the Characteristics
  • Exploring Versatility
  • The Low-Light Advantage
  • Going It Alone
Enroll on this Course:
60 days

I'd long tucked away my 50mm lens, using instead a couple of zooms. But when I came across this course emphasizing only the use of the 50mm prime lens, I decided to give it a try. What I discovered was a whole new enjoyment for photography - one camera and one lens picture-making. David helped me to see just how versatile this optically-simple, light and inconspicuous lens can be. From "wide-angle" appearing shots to what can pass as mild telephotos and all in between, I've come full-circle to better understand the artistic capabilities of this most often untouched lens in the camera bag. A great course taught by a true professional. Most recommended.

- By Charles Berkeley

Excellent course! I'll be using my 50mm lens much more from now on in. Thanks David for sparking my interest in this often forgotten focal length.

- By Brigit Baukal

Great course with a renowned and insightful instructor. My 50mm will be a "go to lens" from here on out.  Thanks for the inspiration David!

- By anonymous

A fantastic course! I learned to depend on just one lens, and it was real exercise in confidence-building. I highly recommend this course with expert instructor, David Bathgate, for anyone who thinks a 50mm lens holds no creative promise. Truth is - it's loaded with it if only you know how to use it to very best advantage. Thanks again David for this eye-opening course.

- By Brigit Baukal
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