Go to extraordinary lengths
Pick an ill-suited focal length for great results
One way in which you can give your images more impact is to use an unconventional focal length. Sports scenes are usually shot with long zoom lenses, but why not try to find a way to use a wide-angle instead, or even a fish-eye? Wildlife, too, is usually seen through the barrel of a super-telephoto.
A different approach can potentially yield more interesting results. For example, wildlife maestro Nick Brandt approaches his African wildlife subjects like fine art, with a medium-format camera and wide-angle lens, resulting in extraordinary images. Similarly, the default for a landscape scene is often to reach for a wide-angle. But why not try a telephoto instead and pick out distant details? The compressing effect of a longer lens can help to simplify busy scenes by flattening out the perspective.