Composition Tips When Using a 24-70mm Zoom Lens

The 24-70mm lens is highly coveted by photographers from all backgrounds due to the array of possibilities with this wide to mid range zoom. Photographer Julia Trotti shares key composition tips to help get the most out of the range of this zoom lens.

Throughout this informative video, you will follow Julia through an outdoor portrait session in a park, where she negotiates a range of lighting scenarios, background choices, and compositions to demonstrate the range of capabilities with a 24-70mm lens.

If you are used to shooting with prime lenses, you will know that moving closer or farther from your subject is the best way to compose your shot. While zoom lenses afford more flexibility in terms of composition, you shouldn’t always rely on your zoom to compose your photos, as changing focal length will change the compression, which can make a huge difference in the appearance of your subject. This is certainly something that takes some time to navigate when getting used to shooting with zoom lenses.

From closely cropped headshots to wide full body compositions, comparisons are shared throughout, shot between wider and narrower fields of view so that viewers can decide which shooting option best suits their own style.

Photographers often shy away from wide angle close up portraits for fear of exaggerating features in an unflattering manner. However, you will learn how to navigate this scenario, complete with camera settings as well as the end results shared.

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Kim Simpson is a photographer based in the West of Scotland. Her photographic practice is an exploration of the human experience, with a particular emphasis on themes of identity and belonging.

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