50mm is All You Need

David Bathgate
Teacher : David Bathgate
Category : Intermediate, Advance
50mm is All You Need
  • Duration : 60 days

Course Brief :

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

Instructor :

David Bathgate is an award-winning documentary and travel photographer whose work appears in such publications as Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Geo, Stern, The Guardian, The Times of London and the London Sunday Times.

Holding doctoral and masters degrees in anthropology and journalism, respectively, David Bathgate works regularly in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe, covering topics of social, political, cultural and environmental interest.

David is Founder and President of The Compelling Image - online and interactive school of photography and multimedia storytelling, contributing editor to Photojournale and conducts photography and photojournalism workshops in India and Morocco.  He is also featured Official Fuji X Photographer.

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Reviews :

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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