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Chapter Four. Shooting Landscapes Like a... > Why You Need a Wide-Angle Lens - Pg. 86

The Digital Photography Book · Chapter 4 Why You Need a Wide-Angle Lens If you're shooting landscapes, you've probably come back from a shoot more than once and been disappointed that the incredible vista you saw in person didn't transfer to your photos. It's really tough to create a 2D photo (which is what still photos are--two- dimensional) that has the depth and feeling of being there. That's why I recommend one of two things: (1) Don't try to capture it all. That's right, use a zoom lens and deliberately capture just a portion of the scene that suggests the whole. These can often be much more powerful than trying to fit everything into one photo, which often can lead to a photo without a clear subject, and with distracting images and backgrounds. This is why I often shoot with a 70­200mm lens--to get in tight on a portion of the scene. (2) Buy a super-wide-angle lens. Not a fish-eye lens--a super-wide-angle lens (like a 12mm). If you're trying to capture it all, a super-wide-angle (sometimes called ultra- wide-angle) lens is often just the trick you need to take in the big picture. My favorite outdoor lens is my 14­24mm zoom lens (which is also a good sports shooting lens by the way). I must admit, I rarely use the 24mm end, because I use this lens when I'm trying to get "the big picture," so I use the 14mm end most of the time. You'll love what it does to clouds, almost giving them a sense of movement along the edges. 86