tfttf344 – Exhibition and Lenses

Photo: Amber Sapp

Today we’ll talk to Amber Sapp, a photographer from Kentucky who is in the process of setting up her first exhibition.

Opening night Mar/19/2009
5:30-7:30 pm EDT
3010 Dixie Highway Edgewood, KY 41017

Then we look at different types of specialized and normal lenses and what they are good for.

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Author: Chris Marquardt

Chris Marquardt is co-author of Absolut analog and The Film Photography Handbook. He hosts Tips from the Top Floor, the world's longest running photography show. Chris teaches photography all over the world on his photo tours. He is also a regular on the TWiT Network.

6 thoughts on “tfttf344 – Exhibition and Lenses”

  1. 50mm lens…most useless lens I ever owned. They always outfit new camera buyers with this lens but in fact, as you get more experienced, you find yourself using it less and less. I haven’t owned one in the last two camera systems I purchased with the acception of a 55 flatfield micro lens which I would use with an extension tube to shoot 1:1.

    My normal lens is about 35mm. The downside is if you tell the saleman that you don’t want a 50mm it will probably break the deal but then again, starting camera kits usually have a lot of “pork” in them. The only good thing in them is usually the body. So think carefully before you buy. If you want to get something better than the average Joe for your first system, don’t by the package, buy your components individually and stick with your camera mfg.’s lenses if at all possible.

    Inevitably, you will be buying everythind individually so why blow it at the beginning unless you are just looking to be a snap shooter.

  2. @Mark Gilvey – The days when 50mm lenses were sold with SLRs as kit lenses are long gone. What you typically get today is an 18-55mm lens that’s okay for the price they sell it at, but that don’t really compete with a lot of other glass that’s out there.

    Especially for those new to DSLR photography I can’t recommend a 50mm lens highly enough. Not only will it for most people be the first time they stick their toe into the prime lens water, it will also show them the glory of brightness at an unbeatable price point. Fact is that most kit lenses these days are on the rather darkish side and without this easy way to experience brightness and sharpness and contrast, a lot of DSLR users simply won’t know what is possible and keep on shooting quality that is way below what their cameras are capable of.

    By the way, Canon has lately gone to bundle their higher-level DSLRs with the excellent 24-105/4L IS, which from my point of view is a great value proposition, especially as you’ll get the bundled lens cheaper than if you bought it individually. It will still not give you the brightness you get from a 50mm prime though.

    I’ve frequently talked on the show about why I think the 50mm is also a great tool for learning composition. It will show you things with similar proportions as if you were looking at them with your naked eye. This will literally force you to compose good pictures because you can’t rely on the compository crutches that you’ll get from wide angle or telephoto.

    All in all I believe that everyone who is into DSLR photography and who is starting off in this field should own a 50mm and use it.

  3. Lovely photo, reminds me a lot of my youth 🙂 I have only just got into photography so can’t offer any useful technical insight yet!

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