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What’s the deal?

Basically, I’m going to be forcing myself to get outside and take photos everyday with the condition that I only use my 50mm f1.8 prime lens. Other equipment and editing is acceptable, but photos posted on this blog will be taken with no other lens.

So why is it an experiment?

Although I’m calling this an experiment, it’s actually the opposite of a regular scientific experiment. In science, you keep everything constant except one thing in order to test that one thing. Here, I will be keeping only one thing constant, and see what kind of creativity stems from that.

Why did you pick 50mm?

The 50 mm lens is considered to be a classic prime lens. Generally the 50mm 1.8 lens offered by any camera manufacturer is the cheapest lens in their lineup (~$100-150 for both Canon and Nikon), so I hope that this shows people  that they don’t need the most expensive equipment in order to create beautiful photographs. On a more selfish note, the 50mm f 1.8 is also very light, making me more likely to take it out everyday. Instead of it being a 600mm experiment… ;-P

How did you come up with the idea?

In recent years many 365 day projects have popped up. 356 day projects make the photographer go out daily to capture an image, so even those days where the weather isn’t great, or your mood isn’t ideal, you still go out and take at least one photo you’re willing to post for the world to see.

Is this an original idea?

I figure since 356 day projects seem to be so pervasive now, doing one with a twist is more interesting and helpful to me! I don’t know if a 50mm one has been done before; although it probably has.

What’s going to happen?!?

I’m sure that I’ll know a lot more about photography and develop my personal style throughout the experiment. I don’t know what proportion of photos I post will be up to the level of quality I’d like, but it should be interesting none-the-less! 🙂


8 Comments on “About”

  1. I love this! I shot with Canon and when I walk around my town, this is the lens I use.

  2. Kasia says:

    50 mm is my favourite lense ! nice initiative

  3. damn, now I have to buy the 50mm!!! jajajja, mine is an 18-135mmm . I think that will be a great challenge and experience! I believe as well, that you don’t need expensive equipment to take amazing images! Its all about the eye and composition. I have been their! When i started out with digital, I couldn’t afford one! So I settled for an hp with less than 5 pixels! Real cheap camera. Let me tell you this. I did a test and started photographing things of interest. I had the opportunity of getting involved with a weekend art festival that lasted for 4 month. I put myself to the test and had the images printed and matted. You won’t believe how many images i sold plus the compliments! Even these photographers with huge lenses asking me, what camera do you have? I’m like, mmmmmmmmmm if you only knew. So, yes it proved to me that spending thousands of dollars on expensive equipment, doesn’t make you a better photographer nor professional. Good luck, I’m following your blog to see the results!!! Laz

    • Matt Korinek says:

      You can participate in the challenges using your 18-135 if you’d like! But I do have to say that the 50mm 1.8 is such a great lens and extremely good value for the money as it is the cheapest lens in the Nikon and Canon lineups.

      You definitely don’t need the best and most expensive equipment to take compelling photographs that’s for sure! That is so awesome that you were able to take photos that not only impressed but sold with a “real cheap camera”.


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