It was time to get to grips with the street pho­tog­ra­pher’s favourite fo­cal length

YOUR PHOTO CHAL­LENGE: GO SHOOT… With a nifty fifty

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Chris was cer­tainly up for the next chal­lenge, which in­volved tak­ing pictures with his ‘nifty fifty’ 50mm lens. He opted to shoot in a mar­ket be­cause it’s a lo­ca­tion that he cut his pho­to­graphic teeth on many years ago.

Mar­kets are great lo­ca­tions to broaden your skills with a 50mm fo­cal length, with the chance to shoot every­thing from char­ac­ter por­traits to food still-lifes.

Our se­cond day of shoot­ing co­in­cided with the Sham­bles Mar­ket in the town of Stroud. It turned out to be a rather com­pact col­lec­tion of in­door and out­door stalls, so we de­cided it would be more suit­able and in­ter­est­ing to fo­cus on de­tails rather than the wider scene. Work­ing hand­held with a 50mm f/1.8 lens en­abled us to re­main fairly un­ob­tru­sive and cap­ture sharp shots at rel­a­tively low ISOs, while the lens’s fixed an­gle of view added some con­sis­tency to the col­lec­tion of shots.

a taste of au­tumn

Chris’s favourite shot from the mar­ket is a riot of au­tum­nal colours, with the close-fo­cus­ing abil­ity of the 50mm f/1.8 en­abling him to fill the frame

EX­PO­SURE 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO400 LENS Nikon 50mm f/1.8D

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