The Power of Normal: Photographing with a ‘standard’ lens
Brenda Tharp, Instructor
Dates: September 7th & 8th, 2019 (9am-4pm)
Materials Fee: $0
We have as photographers many tools to make our images. We have filters, and an assortment of lenses. Our wide angles can be used to get in extremely close with to exaggerate foregrounds, our telephotos to extract elements and visually compress and compact a scene. These are all useful tools and techniques. But what about the direct, straightforward qualities of a ‘standard’ viewpoint, a focal length that matches how our eyes see the world? Cartier-Bresson did it, Jay Maisel has done it, in fact many of us have used that range in our zoom lenses without realizing it. ‘Normal lens’ is not a bad word! A normal angle of view can provide a clean, powerful approach to subjects. Without the ‘gimmicks’ of lenses that distort reality, we see the scene as it is with our eyes, but our position, our point of view, and our timing are what can be used to create the impact.
Are you ready to challenge yourself and do something different? You will work within a 50-60mm focal length the entire weekend. Yes, you read that right! We’ll supply the tape, you supply the lens. We’ll set things up so that you can’t change the focal length, and you will learn to how to make the most of that focal length. Join Brenda and shake up your photography habits a bit. You’ll be surprised with the results!
Brenda Tharp is a full-time professional photographer living in Sonoma County, California. She is a passionate workshop instructor, fine art photographer, author, and inspirational speaker, giving her presentations to thousands of people in audiences across the country. Her award-winning fine art images are in private homes across the country and she provides finely crafted prints to interior decorators and businesses.
Her books include: Expressive Nature Photography (Monacelli Press), Creative Nature & Outdoor Photography (Amphoto Books); co-authored Extraordinary Everyday Photography (Random House). She has been invited to speak at the B&H Optic Conference, B&H Learning Center, Photo Plus Expo, Carolinas Nature Photographers Association, North American Nature Photographers Association, and an ever-growing list of camera clubs and photo conferences.
For more images please visit her website: Brenda Tharp