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Short or Long Lens?

David Hay reveals how being open minded with your choice of focal length can open up a far wider range of possibilities for your landscape photographs

The classic landscape lens is usually a zoom lens with a range of 16-35mm or 17-40mm. These lenses cover the key focal lengths of 18, 21, 24, 28 and 35mm. Most landscape vistas can be captured with one of these focal lengths, the main difference being the amount of foreground and sky you wish to include. Shorter focal length lenses simply get more into the picture by making everything smaller, which can diminish the impact of distant mountains.

When I teach landscape photography on location I usually let the pupils set up their cameras and decide on their own framing of the subject, which is usually wide-angle. A little time is then spent fine-tuning each of their compositions to make sure that the important elements are...

Read this and many more articles in High Definition inside Issue 57 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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David Hay

I took up photography at the age of eleven and have been passionate about it ever since. As a retired biologist I still marvel at the beauty of the natural world and try and capture the colours and forms of natural things around me.

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