Sunset over town

Landscape Photography

See the difference with a specialist landscape lens

Whichever lens you shoot with you can get some great landscape images. However there are times that using a specialist lens can enable you to get the very best out of a scene.

Wide-angle lenses, often referred to as landscape lenses, offer wide-open views allowing you to fit more in the frame to create further interest and drama.

Let's have a look at some examples...

Old Brighton pier

picture on the left:
Canon EOS 5DS - Focal Length 105.0 mm
1/80 sec, f/4.0, ISO 800

picture on the right:
Canon EOS 5DS - Focal Length 24.0 mm
1/60 sec, f/4.0, ISO 800

Shooting with the longer focal length allows for greater view of details, that otherwise would be lost. Using the wider lens draws attention away from these details, and puts emphasis on the surroundings showing us more of the scene. The soft background adds contrast and the poles and pebble beach allows the composition to be framed better by including more of the steel beam supports.

City view at night

picture on the left:
Canon EOS M5 - Focal Length 50.0 mm
20 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100

picture on the right:
Canon EOS M5 - Focal Length 21.0 mm
13 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200

Using the zoom lens at 50mm focal length in the first shot shows close-up details of the city, each building can be individually seen. With focal length of 21mm we can add more buildings, as well as focus on the unusual lighting of this cityscape shot, including the blues breaking through the clouds and the warm lights of the houses at the front.

Bridge over low tide

picture on the left:
Canon EOS 200D & Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM at Focal Length 18.0 mm
1/10 sec, f/5.0, ISO 400

picture on the right:
Canon EOS 200D & Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM at Focal Length 10.0 mm
1/8 sec, f/5.0, ISO 400

Using a wider lens for this scene allowed more sea, which balances the bridge better in the composition. The wider-angle lens also produced an image with more sky, which delivered the beautiful array of colours seen on this overcast day.

Whether that is a more complete skyline, more sky and foreground detail or including features that were unseen with the standard lens, using a specialist wide-angle lens can have real advantages when shooting landscapes.

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