Why You Should Consider a Telephoto Zoom Lens for Landscape Photography

When you think of landscape photography, you probably think of using a lens with a wider focal length range, such as a 16-35mm. Of course, there is a reason such lenses are so widely used, but they are not the only option. In fact, much longer focal lengths can create equally compelling photos. This excellent video tutorial will show why a telephoto zoom lens can help you create eye-catching landscape photos. 

Coming to you from Mads Peter Iversen, this awesome video will show you why a telephoto zoom lens can be so effective for landscape images. Because you cannot control the placement of elements in the frame, a wide focal length can be tricky to work with, as you might end up with an overly busy image. Longer focal lengths help to eliminate this problem by letting you pick out one or two interesting elements in the frame to bring the viewer's focus to them without distraction. You likely don't need an f/2.8 lens either, which will allow you to save both money and bulk by opting for a lens with a narrower maximum aperture. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Iversen.

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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this topic has been discussed thousands of times, it's poor YouTubers is going around in circles with their videos

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