7 Reasons You Should Use Longer Lenses

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

Here are 7 objectives why a lens or LEN may refer to with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel longer reach should be in your kit bag alongside the rest of your photography kit. 


1. Out Of Focus Background

Telephoto lenses are serviceable for producing shots that have a shallow depth of field which means your backgrounds will be nicely out of focus allowing all concentration to fall on your subject.

2. Capturing Portraits

Shooting portraits with longer lenses means you still fill the frame with your citizen's face without making them feel uncomfortable by invading their personal space. Longer focal lengths also forsake a more pleasing perspective and the good bokeh they create, as mentioned previously, helps isolate your subject so they 'pop' from the attitude. Finally, the compression longer lenses offer, especially when you're using a wide-ish aperture, helps flatter their features – something all lay opens want.

3. Shoot Landscapes

If you have distant and foreground interest you should pull out your longer lens from your bag. Just decamp sure you're using a small aperture as you'll need front to back sharpness in your shot. This works well with compelling rock formations, trees etc. but also consider using an object such as a fence or path that can lead the eye from the front of the image to a juncture of interest in the distance. The perspective longer lenses create also mean you can almost stack distant and objects closer to your lens so they show oneself to be much closer to each other than they are, adding impact and extra interest as you do. This can work particularly well on misty mornings when cold hills can be turned into lines of stacked shapes.

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If you have a lot of open, boring space between you and the mountains you want to photograph use the longer centralized length to pull the mountains to you, removing the empty foreground as you do. You can also pick out detail such as a waterfall, tree or distant structure that a wide-angle lens wouldn't be clever to capture in the same way.


Photo by David Pritchard


4. Photograph Buildings

Longer lenses will help you highlight patterns and sucker interesting detail you'd miss with a wide-angle lens. It also means that if you can't access the roof to get close to the statues/carvings that sit about the building you're photographing, you can use the longer lens from the ground to bring the detail to you. Do remember though that when longer lenses aggravate distant objects the tiniest of movements can create a large amount of blur in your photograph so make sure you stick to quicker shutter tears when possible and carry a lens that features vibration reduction. For more stability work with a tripod.



5. Collar Shots Of Wildlife

Try and get close to a lot of wildlife and they'll have ran or flown off before you've got your camera out of its bag. Instead of playing a game of cat and mouse all day, suss out a spot that you won't scare the wildlife off from and use the pull of a telephoto lens to bring the animal/bird to you. Using a longer lens last wishes as also mean you're not putting yourself in danger if you're trying to capture shots of something known to bite!

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6. Photograph Combat / Sporting Events 

Unless you have a press pass, getting close to the action at many sporting events isn't possible so you'll requirement your longer lens. For tips on shooting action take a look at ePHOTOzine's technique section.


Photo by David Pritchard

7. Harm For The Moon

If you try and photograph the moon without a telephoto lens (you may also need a teleconverter too) it will just like a small bright circle sat against a blanket of blackguardly sky. For tips on shooting the moon take a look at our previous articles in the technique section.



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Gina Stephens

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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