Nifty Fifty

Nifty Fifty

Instructor Herbie Martin
Duration Time 2 Sessions
Location Harmon Photo
Class Description

Welcome to the classic portrait zone! The 50 mm focal length has been the keystone of 35mm photography since the 1930’s. Master Photographers like Ralph Gibson and Henri Cartier-Bresson used just the ’50’ for everything from landscapes to portraiture. The fact is even the cheapest 50 mm lens is optically superior to any of the current crop of consumer zooms (18-55 mm or 18-105 mm variable aperture).

From a creative perspective, this is the lens you should be pulling a lot more frequently from your camera bag – and this exciting photography class will show you why.

You will need a digital SLR or mirrorless camera that accepts interchangeable lenses, 50 mm prime lens, and a willingness to see light (and go “light”). In this class you will learn the characteristics of the 50 mm lens, explore its versatility, see the low-light advantage, learn about its ‘bokeh’ and get tips for going it alone.


Topics Covered
  • Understanding the 50 mm lens
  • Exploring the 50 mm’s versatility
  • Learn about the 50’s low light advantage
  • Lens bokeh
  • Creative uses of the 50 mm lens
  • Practical applications with environmental and model shoot
Materials Needed
  • Camera
  • Laptop
  • Notepad
  • A will to learn
  • Introduction to Photography
Register for Classes
Class price: $125

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Professional Photographer
Herbie is a member of the Harmon Photo staff and teaches a number of our practical shooting classes. Herbie brings his SCAD photography/art degree and over 25 years of professional experience to each of his classes.