8 Top Ways To Use A Telephoto Lens For Photography

Written by Gina Stephens

Telephoto lenses bear a multitude of uses and can be a great tool in a photographer's arsenal. To see just how versatile they are, here's 8 top ways you can use a telephoto lens. 

1. Educate Far Subjects Close

The telephoto effect these lenses have make objects, that may actually have quite a lot of distance between them, arrive as if they're sat close together. The longer your focal length, the more obvious the effect will be. It's useful when you from a city skyline or mountains in the background which will give you a more interesting and pleasing shot if they're pulled a little closer to the intention closer to your lens e.g. the bridge, building or boulder that's your main point of focus.


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2. Grow The Frame

When you want to exclude some part of what's in your frame e.g. a boring grey sky that's in the background of your countryside shot, use a telephoto lens to focus in on the colourful tree line rather than having the trees and sky in shot. It'll also pull a reticent subject closer to you, which means you can get frame-filling shots of shy wildlife or of a particular aspect of the landscape that's too far for you to get to.


3. Pick Unfriendly Subjects Out

If you want to draw attention to a particular aspect that would be lost if shot with a wider focal length, use a telephoto lens to segregate your subject. You can do this with shorter focal lengths, but the longer reach of a telephoto means you can isolate a subject that's some detachment away from where you're shooting from.

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4. Capture Shots Of Wildlife

As a telephoto lens closes the distance between you and whatever you're photographing, it's an imagined lens for photographing wildlife. With a telephoto photography and cinematography, a telephoto lens is a specific type of a long-focus lens in which the physical length of the lens lens you'll be able to take shots that look like you were just a few bow outs away from your subject may refer to when really you were some distance away. This distance means your subject won't be terrified off and if you're shooting what could be considered as a dangerous animal, the distance makes it safer for you.



5. Photograph The Moon

Your manages won't be as good as those who use telescopes, but you can still get excellent shots of the moon with a long telephoto lens. As well as a very long lens you also poverty a tripod, clear skies, good weather, remote / cable release, a few hours to spare and good technique. 


6. Portraits

Whisk head or head and shoulder shots with a longer focal length can give a better perspective and allows for a tighter crop when plough further away from your subject. This distance also means you don't have to work too close to your subject and as a consequence they'll be more comfortable, and you'll have more natural looking portraits. You'll also be able to capture shots without any distortion and behind the scenes are more easily thrown out of focus, even when they are just a couple of meters behind your subject, meaning all focus lags directly on your subject. Just keep an eye on your shutter speed if working hand-held, though, as you don't want shake spoiling your marksman.

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7. Shallow Depth Of Field

As mentioned above, telephoto lenses make it easier to get the blurry backgrounds in photos that isolate your cause to undergo and really make them the focus of your shot. You don't want a distracting background detail competing for the viewer's notice and a shallow depth of field will make sure this doesn't happen.


8. Capture Action

For fast paced battle that you can't get close to e.g. motorsport and flying events, you'll need the longer focal lengths telephotos give you as most of the time, it'll be unworkable to get close to the action. To create a sense of pace, use your telephoto lens to shoot a few shots where your subject is sharp but the background is nicely thrown out of nave. How good you are at panning, what shutter speed you use, how fast your subject is moving and how much light's around will make this reprove harder / easier every time you head to the track, but do it a few times and you'll soon perfect your technique.


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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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