One Lens and One Lens Only.

Robert Tangen left a comment on one of our blog articles stating, “One of my favorite self-assignments is to use only one lens or if [using] a zoom lens one [focal length] to shoot with for an entire day. It is a great exercise to make you use that lens to really see with and explore all the possibilities of its point of view.” I couldn’t agree more, Robert. This is an excellent way for photographers to challenge themselves and make sure they physically move to change their composition. Zoom lenses have allowed us to stay in one place and zoom in or out to adjust the framing and composition. With a fixed lens (or focal length) you actually have to move to adjust the framing. Sometimes the process of moving can lead to a whole new image or an even better composition than the one you were originally working on.

Thanks for the assignment idea Robert!


For this assignment select one fixed lens or one focal length on a zoom (such as 50mm or 100mm). Photograph at least 40 images with that lens or focal length. The subject matter is your choice and the subjects can change – but the lens length cannot. Choose and submit three of your favorite images from your collection of 40.

Please answer the following questions:

  1. What focal length did you chose and why?
  2. What was your biggest challenge with this assignment?
  3. What was the most exciting part of this assignment?

Submitting Images:

Please send all submissions to Please submit only three of your images from this assignment. All images should be in jpeg format with a maximum resolution on the longest side of your image at 600px.

Deadline: June 29th, 2010.

Submitted images will appear in an online gallery on Paper Airplanes, RMSP’s blog on July 7, 2010. All images will be used in the online gallery for this specific assignment only and will be copyrighted to the photographer. An email confirmation that your submission was received will be sent by July 1st.  If you do not receive the email confirmation,  please contact

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