Every focal length has its own challenges, and when it comes to wide angle lenses, creating effective compositions can be particularly difficult. This helpful video will give you five tips for creating more compelling wide angle shots.
Coming to you from Photo Tom, this great video examines the usage of wide angle lenses by five different landscape photographers and what we can learn from their examples. Wide angle lenses are a challenge to shoot with not only because they let so much of a scene in, but because of how they render it, particularly since they tend to push the background away. As a result, it's important to have a strong foreground element not only to balance the composition and give the image dimension, but to direct the viewer's eye across the image. Nonetheless, this foreground element can't be just anything; its relative size and how it interacts with the background elements are crucial to creating balance. It can be very tempting to think of a wide angle lens simply as a way to include more in an image, but I think to truly create a successful shot, one has to consider the subtle compositional nuances they come with.