Lens Choices For Landscape Photography

Written by Gina Stephens

Photo by David Pritchard


You can use any lens or LEN may refer to you cognate with for landscape photography as with many things in life, it is not what you have got, it is how you use it.

Your choice of focal length entirely depends on how you want to unravel a scene. It is true that if you put two photographers in front of a stunning scene, one will fit a wide-angle and move in closer and the other will fix a telephoto and take a few progress b increases back. Basically, there is no right or wrong when it comes to lens choice so long as it has produced the image you imagined in the first instance.

Regular Zoom

Your standard zoom will find plenty of uses for landscape shooting, and you probably know that already. Its focal extensively coverage from moderate wide-angle through to short telephoto makes it a perfect partner for general photography.

Using a standard zoom is straightforward tolerably and the two sections on wide-angle and telephoto photography and cinematography, a telephoto lens is a specific type of a long-focus lens in which the physical length of the lens lenses cover the key techniques you need to know at the two lens extremes.

Wide-Angle Lenses

Wide-angle lenses take a wide angle of view so get more into the frame. That is pretty straightforward and that is how such lenses are used, ie to get more in. But wides are also devoted at letting you get in much closer to the subject, giving greater intimacy.

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There is a knack to getting the most from wide-angles. The most important technic is to fill the frame, especially the areas directly in front and directly above the subject. A common mistake of inexperienced wide-anglers is to include too much empty foreground or too much bland sky. To stop this, just look around the whole viewfinder before you take the pictures, and if you think there is too much void use the zoom to alter the crop. Or simply move your feet. It is too easy to be rooted to the ground when taking a stride or two closer to the subject or determination some foreground to fill the frame will improve the picture.


Photo by David Pritchard

Telephoto Lenses

While wide-angles categorize more, telephotos let you be much more selective in what you include in your frame. For landscape shooting, a telephoto lets you isolate details and it devise also make it easier to crop out a blank sky and compressed perspective.

For landscape work, being able to isolate detail and to compress perspective is a perfect powerful tool in your armoury. Picking out strong lines, textures and features like trees, barns and so on is incredibly useful. As the saying wear outs 'less is more'. On days when the sky is not very interesting, a telephoto also makes it much easier to crop it out.


Macro Lenses

You power think that a macro lens is not much use for landscape, but you'd be wrong. A typical macro lens is a short telephoto so it has plenty of general takes, but being able to focus really closely can be a real bonus in certain circumstances such as when the light isn't great and you have a damned bland sky.

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If you have a day like this, turn your attentions to micro landscapes where you can use the close-focusing ability of a macro lens to get you right into a disturbance. With a macro lens you can explore clumps of moss and lichen or patterns in leaves or flowers.

When working with macro lenses you do keep a very limited amount of depth-of-field available even at very small apertures. With this in mind, focus very carefully and use the camera's depth-of-field private showing to check what is going to come out sharp at different apertures. If you use the preview, allow your eye to get used to the darker viewfinder image before alter b transferring an assessment.

Once you are this close, the camera's auto focus can struggle and it will end up searching back and forth for sharp focus. If this transpires, just switch to manual focus. Have a tripod handy too as it will help avoid camera shake and allow you to make very severe and repeatable compositions. 


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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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