The 400mm Landscape Photography Challenge

When you think of landscape photography, you likely think of using a wide angle lens to capture a wide swath of a scene in order to encapsulate its grandeur. And while that is an excellent way to use a wide angle lens and one of the primary reasons they are so popular, longer focal lengths have a place in landscape photography as well. This fun video follows some of YouTube's most well-known landscape photographers as they grab their 400mm lenses to see what they can create. 

Coming to you from Nigel Danson, this neat video follows some of YouTube's most popular landscape photographers as they shoot at 400mm. If you have not shot landscapes with focal lengths above 100mm before, it is something you should really try. Not only will it open up entirely new creative avenues, learning to work a scene at every focal length you can is important for ensuring you come home with as many keepers as possible, and in a genre in which the time investment and physical effort it can take just to get to one location are immense, getting everything you can from a scene is doubly important. Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

And if you really want to dive into landscape photography, check out our latest tutorial, "Photographing the World: Japan With Elia Locardi!" 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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Oh Alex... You know what I'm here to say. :)

Let me throw a bit of a twist on this 400mm Landscape Challenge. I shot this using a Canon RF100-400mm f/5.6-6.0 lens @ 400mm, f/11, 1/160th and ISO 400. The full sized version is 36,773 x 131,318 pixels, (122" x 437"), 4.83 Gigapixels. It was stitched from 250 individual images in 7 rows x 40 columns. This is a view from on a ridge above Ridgway, Colorado of the San Juan Mountain Range.