Tips for Using a Wide-Angle Lens

The wide-angle lens is often the main lens of the landscape photographer, but it can be hard to use.

In the above video, I share some important tips on how and why to use a wide-angle lens. I do this at the Lóndrangar sea-stacks, which is a famous landscape photography location in Iceland. You might also recognize this location from the "Photographing the World" tutorial by Fstoppers.

Ever since I started landscape photography, the 16-35mm focal length has been my favorite. I started out with the f/2.8 II from Canon (the current version is the mark III) and later switched to the f/4 model. Both have been great and sharp lenses. I have just changed systems and I am now playing around with the Sony 12-24mm f/4.

If you have ever used a wide or ultra-wide angle lens, you will know how much of the scene such a lens includes at its widest end. To many beginners, this is a disadvantage, but with practice and experience, you can turn this into a huge advantage.

If you have ever used a wide-angle for landscape photography, do you have any tips for sharing on the topic? It would be cool to exchange some experience down below.

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7 Comments

The main difference between me and this guy is that I would not take my camera out in that kind of weather. I admire his dedication. Also, his advice is very good.

Lol...that’s pretty mild weather for Iceland...

Mads Peter Iversen's picture

Thank you, Mark! The 5Ds is still working like a charm ;)

I notice all FS do is post articles but its just copy paste of a youtube video.
hand shaking another hand. you rub my back ill rub yours, instead of writing the article themselves.

Mads Peter Iversen's picture

If you look into the "Fstoppers Originals" section you'll find all the long articles.

Chris Russell's picture

Great video, thanks for posting! Looking forward to some winter landscapes here in the States.

Mads Peter Iversen's picture

Thanks a lot, Chris :)