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Take A One Lens Challenge This January & Improve Your Photography Skills

Grab your camera, one lens and see what you can photograph over the next week, month or even year with a one lens challenge.

| Landscape and Travel


Previously we've talked about setting yourself a colour challenge but if you want a challenge that's slightly shorter or fancy taking on a few throughout the year, have a go at our one lens challenge. 

Basically, we want you to select one lens, yes just one, go for a walk, take a series of shots then share them with ePz. Try to make it a lens you've not used for a while, or one that takes you out of your comfort zone.

A lens with a fixed focal length would be our choice for this but if you only have a zoom take that along and pick just one focal length to use. If you don't, it won't be much of a challenge! If you're not a DSLR owner or you are but don't fancy carrying it around with you, don't worry as a compact will be just as useful for this task.

Take A One Lens Challenge This January & Improve Your Photography Skills:

Take A One Lens Challenge This January & Improve Your Photography Skills:

Above: Will you choose a wide-angle or more telephoto focal length to work with? 

Working hand-held shouldn't be a problem but if it's a particularly dull day or you just like having a little extra support take a tripod along. As you're only using one lens there's no real reason to take a bag along but do pocket some spare batteries and a polarising, UV and ND filter as you never know when they'll come in handy. Polarising filters are great for reducing glare and an ND filter can help slow shutter speeds, too.

Take A One Lens Challenge This January & Improve Your Photography Skills: Swan

Wildlife or going more specific, birds and ducks could be a theme you choose for your project. 

Before you start snapping away you really need to think about what you're going to photograph because without a zoom your focal length is limited so rather than relying on the lens to do the work you have to get those grey cells warmed up and your feet moving to find a position/shot that works.

Try shooting a variety of subjects or why not set yourself a theme? Photograph a series of portraits – your neighbours, butcher, postman or combine two challenges together and only photograph items of a certain colour with a fixed focal length. Try making it even more challenging by only taking a single shot for each of the items/people/animals you pick to photograph.

You've read the technique now share your related photos for the chance to win prizes: Photo Month Forum Competition  

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mudge 20 1.0k 75 England
15 Jan 2016 2:24PM
MrDennis Plus
13 308 Wales
31 Jan 2020 6:41PM
Very nice shot mudge..Love the colours & it's nice n sharp.
19 Jan 2022 8:44PM

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