A Common Mistake Photographers Make With Wide Angle Lenses

Wide angle lenses are highly useful tools that have a place in many genres, but they can also be quite challenging to create compelling images with. This excellent video tutorial features an experienced landscape photographer discussing one of the most common mistakes photographers make with wide angle lenses and how to fix it. 

Coming to you from Nigel Danson, this great video tutorial will show you a common mistake photographers make with wide angle lenses, namely not paying attention to the foreground, and how to fix it. The problem is that due to perspective distortion, wide angle lenses tend to push away the background and emphasize the foreground, and often, when we use them, our main subject is something far away, meaning we do not pay enough attention to the foreground. Without something in the foreground to fill the space and bring the viewer's eye into the image and give them a path to the main subject, the photo can end up feeling very empty, flat, and two-dimensional. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Danson.

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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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