Go to ex­tra­or­di­nary lengths

Pick an ill-suited fo­cal length for great re­sults

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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.

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