Quick tip: Use a long lens for landscape images

Quick tip: Use a long lens for landscape images

There’s a tendency to grab the wide-angle lens when heading out to capture landscape images. That can lead to your landscapes looking a lot like many others. Here’s a way to change it up.

Long lens

Wide angle lenses capture a large part of a scene in which it often ends up being quite busy. This can lead to an image which doesn’t really have a command to look because there is so much in the frame. One of the ways to helps your photos stand out is to try a different lens. A longer lens compresses a scene and brings deeper elements closer together, adding interest. While a wide angle lens spreads out your landscape.

Using a long lens compresses a scene for a totally different look from a wide angle.

I just reviewed the OM System 150-600mm f/5.0-6.3. It reminded me of what it was like to push the compression of a scene. Of course, long lenses also give wildlife plenty of room to breathe.

Try it out

If you aren’t sure you are a fan of this idea I recommend you bring your long lens along and photograph with both to them. I think you’ll find more interest and possibilities as you zoom in on specific details.

Let me know if you try it out and what your results are in the comments below.

Yours in Creative Photography, Bob