When you go out to photograph landscapes, what’s the first lens you reach for? For many of us, it’s a midrange (24-70mm) or wide (16-35mm) zoom lens. Those lenses are great, but there are lots of times when a longer focal length is ideal, even in wide-open spaces. By using something like a 70-200mm zoom, you can make some really compelling images.
Why should you use a telephoto zoom for landscape photography?
- Telephoto lenses help you isolate the subject and cut out distracting elements from the scene, especially empty foreground space.
- Telephoto lenses create subject isolation by softening backgrounds, especially when used with wide apertures.
- Telephoto lenses compress the scene, enhancing the look of layers in a landscape and adding depth.
With all these creative benefits, it’s no wonder that my 70-200mm lens is something I find very enjoyable to use on my landscape photography trips.
Here are some more landscape images I captured with my 70-200mm lens: