Shooting Landscape Images With a 10mm Full-Frame Lens

Shooting Landscape Images With a 10mm Full-Frame Lens

In a series of newly-released images, photographer Albert Dros is keen to exhibit the wonders of a 10mm lens and share tips for shooting. Based in the Netherlands, the wide-angled photos feature scenes from all around Europe.

By his own admission, Dros loves to shoot with extreme wide angles.

Shooting at 10mm is like shooting in another world. Because of the distortion on the edges, you automatically get an effect that kind of sucks you into the image. Foreground elements get extremely big, and clouds in the sky automatically point to the center.

When it comes to composition, the advice Dros would offer is to stay low to the ground. He loves how generally small objects in the foreground, such as rocks or flowers, can appear much larger on camera. When scouting out a potential photo, he says he often walks around holding his camera low, looking through the viewfinder in order to monitor how the scene in front of him looks with the distortion caused by the lens. “Centimeters can make or break an image composition wise,” he says.

Cloudy skies are another go-to for Dros, who says using wide-angled lenses really helps to accentuate how dramatic they look.

Describing it as a “whole new way of photographing,” he says it’s an entirely new way to get creative in landscapes or architecture photography.

These photos were shot with the Venus Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE on the Sony a7R III

What do you think of his images? Is it something you would try?

Images courtesy of, and used with the permission of, Albert Dros.

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Ryan Luna's picture

The image of Hallgrímskirkja is full of awesome!!!

Shawn Mahan's picture

Great images! I love to shoot with a wide angle lens, but I usually never get many keepers when I turn the camera to a portrait orientation. I constantly play with the position of the camera; little variations can create big difference especially if you start to tilt up or down a little. I had to look up what the Hallgrímskirkja was, but yes, that is a really cool picture.

I'd say it's pretty not-done to change out the affiliate links from Albert Dros (he has Amazon affiliate links for the gear linked in the article on his website) to something/someone else's affiliate link. https://www.albertdros.com/single-post/2019/04/06/Shooting-with-10mm-Ful...
@Fstoppers Can this please be checked out and the rightful owner of the article (Albert Dros in this case), be properly supported?

Albert Dros's picture

I agree. I gave permission to repost this article. Im not getting paid for any of this. Its pretty lame to, even then, change my affiliate links to their own.

Awesome! I love Albert Dros' photos, I could recognize them anywhere anytime.

My pleasure Albert! Your photos are inspiring!

Rod Kestel's picture

Yeah, really nice. I shoot landscapes with a 10mm (APS-C), and you definitely must adapt your approach to composition.

Close to the ground is one way - or anything in the very close foreground, eg to the side, will have a similar effect as long as you give a sense of depth by juxtaposing the near against the far. Usually.

Wow, great photographs!

Keith Meinhold's picture

I find myself conflicted about these images. I love the subject, color, texture, composition - pretty much everything. The composition draws me in, but then the distortion bothers my senses. Some buildings vertical while others are inconsistently leaning across the frame - almost like there is a mix of pincushion and barrel distortion. I suspect there is a point where a lens is so wide it becomes impossible to correct.

Michael Holst's picture

I've found that super wide angle images have so much going on in them that I get overwhelmed with what I'm supposed to focus on. Finding the hero in the image is difficult for me.

To each their own though!

Lee Stirling's picture

I have been to some of the places that Dros has shot and seeing them through this 10mm lens totally changes the environment. Wonderful!

Xander Cesari's picture

C'mon, seriously guys? Repost someone else's content then hijack their affiliate links? I was holding out hope that Albert gave permission for that but seeing him comment that he didn't okay that is pretty shitty.

Fstoppers loves to run indignant articles about photographers having their work stolen or getting taken advantage of then pulls this crap.

Michael Holst's picture

"Images courtesy of, and used with the permission of, Albert Dros."

Xander Cesari's picture

He commented here as well. They got permission for the content but didn't say they were going to change the affiliate links to their own.

Albert Dros's picture

It's funny that my comment even has a downvote from Fstoppers' own crew. When I check his profile it says' 'Site admin and developer and designer @fstoppers ' . This is even getting funny. I emailed the editor of the article and apparently this is 'policy'. I like how they slightly rewrote my piece. Nothing wrong with everything but no one ever told me my affiliate links would be changed. So next time, I guess my 'policy' would be 'no changing of affiliate links'.

Christian Thorsen's picture

Awesome! Albert