Expansive azure skies make you yearn for the ability to fly. When you are outdoors trying to capture the sweeping landscape that lies before your eyes, the instinctive choice seems to be a wide angle zoom lens. You want to include everything in the picture.

However, telephoto zoom lens could prove to be a much better choice for landscape photography. The reason lies in perspective. In simpler terms, it means the further the subject, the smaller it will seem. Perspective changes with the change in the distance between the camera and the subject.


Contrary to misconception, perspective does not change with the lens.  It changes only with a change in the position of the camera. When you swap lens, you are only changing the angle of view.

When you use a wide angle zoom lens, with a broader angle of view, trying to squeeze everything in, rather than capturing an impressive vast expanse, you end up with a visual chaos where the focal point of your interest is lost in that clutter.

The beauty lies  in simplicity and this is where the telephoto lens comes in.  You will find that many times a more interesting  perspective is achieved from a distance with a longer focal length. In essence, a telephoto lens narrows down the angle of view and compresses the scene.

Here is how a telephoto zoom lens can make your landscape photographs more inspiring:

  1. Focus on your main subject


There is bound to be a particular part of the scene  that holds your interest. The telephoto lens will enable you to isolate it. But you still need to be particular about the composition of the picture. Remember the rule of thirds – proper framing and using negative space to make your primary subject pop out. Lie on the ground; shoot from a low angle, through some flowers or grass for some more depth. The closer elements will blur and draw attention to the subject.

  1. Unclutter

Commonly a landscape scene contains many undesired elements, such as fences, signs, electrical wires, poles, towers and so on. You can try changing your perspective by walking around and changing your positions. But if it still seems impossible to get a neat composition, a 70mm-300mm telephoto lens will be of great help. With the longer focal length, you can work with a particular part of the space where all the desired elements are in harmony, excluding everything else.

  1. Look for patterns

It might not be easy to pick out interestingly repetitive and different patterns at a glance with your telephoto lens. The trick lies in zooming in and exploring the landscape, searching for some unusual lines hidden in the details. If you keep the patience, you might surprise yourself with some stunning patterns and rhythm in the vast sweep that lies at your feet.

Tomorrow, in part w of this article, we’ll check out even more ways a telephoto lens can improve your landscape photography.

~ Aatika, Write Wing Media; Pics: Pixabay