In my three years teaching photo seminars and speaking with photographers and enthusiasts, I see a very
common trend. Most people when getting into photography, tend to go towards the telephoto end of things when purchasing their next lens. It’s easy to see why. Telephoto lenses allow us to “get closer” without getting closer. There is something to be said for that. But it can also make one into a lazy shooter because there’s no need to change your own positioning.
Wide angle lenses, on the other hand, force a photographer to get physically close. The foreground is emphasized, and the background pushed back, so if you’re not close to what you want to emphasize, it will be minimized by the distortion of perspective that wide angle lenses present.
Because of the wider view and emphasis of perspective, wide angle lenses can really change the way you look at things. It’s important to take note of the foreground, the background, any leading lines in the scene, and to make sure that you’re not including anything that you don’t want to.
I’ve really fallen in love with wide angles over the past few years, after seeing the world through a telephoto lens while shooting sports early in my pro career. I’ve included a few samples of wide angle images here to
give you an idea how I see when I attached a wide angle lens. Some of my favorites are the Canon EF 17-40 f4L, the EF 16-35 f2.8 L II, the Ef 14mm f2.8L II and EF 15mm f2.8 Fisheye. For APS-C sized sensors, there’s just no beating the Canon EF-S 10-22mm lens.
So now, head on over to my Facebook pageand post your wide angle shots. Let’s see how the world looks through our wides…