Wide angle and ultra-Wide angle lenses are often used in landscape photography because of the exaggerated field of vision they give. While getting more into the frame often improves your landscape photos, sometimes these lenses can be challenging. Below we will outline a few tips to help you improve your wide angle landscape photography.
What is considered wide angle photography? Generally 24mm on a full frame body and 17mm on a crop body would be considered wide angle. (more on full frame vs crop body) Anything wider is ultra-wide angle. In addition to a wide or ultra-wide angle lens you will generally need a tripod. Landscape photography often involves slower shutter speeds because of very small apertures of f/11 to f/22. Need a good tripod? Check out our tripod buying guide.ou are shooting wide to you will either have a lot of sky or a lot of foreground in your photo. Even if you a photography a far off landscape, that foreground is very import to the over all look of your photo. Look for objects that may not be the focus of you photo, but make the foreground more interesting. Rock formations, fallen trees, paths, and fences all make your foreground more interesting.
Objects that are towards the back of the frame will appear even smaller when photographed with a wider lens. Move closer if needed. Watch the edges of your frame though. Object’s tend to distort on the ends of your photo. This is especially true when the object has straight lines. Be mindful of this when framing your shot.
Decide what to focus on. When shooting at small aperture you have a very deep depth of field but you still need select the proper focal point. You may need to use hyperfocal focusing to get the shot you want.
Wide angle landscape photography can be fun and produce some wonderful images. It can also be frustrating when shooting at these wide angles. Keep these tips in mind, explore your environment and experiment with different view points and you could find something truly unique.