Using a 70-200mm Lens for Landscape Photography

When you think of landscape photography and the lenses used, you likely think of wide angle options meant to capture all of the scene in one frame. And while those absolutely have their place, longer focal lengths can enable creative possibilities that weren't possible before. This great video examines what you can accomplish with a longer lens. 

Coming to you from Photo Tom, this great video details the benefits of using a 70-200mm zoom lens for landscape work. No doubt, most of us are used to wide angle lenses for landscapes, but a telephoto zoom gives you a ton of creative options, particularly since you can pick off interesting individual elements. And as you will see in the video, he is using an 70-200mm f/4 as opposed to an f/2.8 version. For landscape work, you do not need the extra stop of aperture, and an f/4 version is typically about half the price, plus it is significantly smaller and lighter, making it ideal for the often long hikes involved with the genre. Check out the video above for the full rundown.

And if you really want to dive into landscape photography, check out "Photographing The World 1: Landscape Photography and Post-Processing 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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