How a Telephoto Lens Can Help Your Landscape Photography

If you were to ask any landscape photographer what their primary workhorse lens was, the overwhelming majority would likely name something like a 16-35mm. No doubt, wide angle lenses are popular in the genre for good reason, but they are not the only suitable choice for landscape work. This great video will show you some of the possibilities of a telephoto lens and why it can sometimes be a better choice. 

Coming to you from Photo Tom, this awesome video will show you what you can achieve with a telephoto lens for landscape photography. As you will see, the beauty of a longer lens in this case is twofold. First, it allows him to isolate a few individual elements in what might otherwise be an overly busy woodland. Second, the compression of the longer focal length brings the elements closer together than they would be with a wide angle lens, giving a bit more drama to the final image. Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

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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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overexpose in winter to have the snow really white !?!? ... you don't have to overexpose ... just expose to have all informations ...

If you want white snow, you'll be exceeding whatever exposure your light meter is reading. Hence, overexposure.

A telephoto lens is a lens that achieves to angle of view of a longer focal length lens, but at a shorter focal length. Some long lenses are telephotos, some aren't. "Experts" should learn the basic vocabulary of their field.

"A telephoto lens... is a specific type of a long-focus lens in which the physical length of the lens is shorter than the focal length." (wikipedia). He is using a telephoto zoom lens.

Why not measure the white balance and set the camera to it? Instead of relying on the camera's (calibrated? no) screen. I would rather use WB auto instead of a fixed setting. But no, use auto white balance and do the rest in post processing. You're not in the studio, after all.

And no, don't overexpose! Never ever! You will regret it, especially with such white scenes. Sometimes snow has subtle shadows. What is overexposed is gone. Instead, make sure your histogram is not cut off to the right. You can always turn up the brightness later. You can even do this with JPGs.

Whenever someone says overexpose a white scene, they are referring to the camera's internal light meter. You'll want the exposure to the right of the zero.