Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Instructor's Tip: Long Lens Landscapes

Enjoy this week's "Instructor's Tip" by one of my favorite instructors, award winning nature photographer Russ Burden. The photo(s) in this post were taken by Russ.

"Long Lens Landscapes
ISOLATE DETAILS: With many subjects, you’ll encounter opportunities to
find an image within an image. For instance, if you‘re photographing
native people in a market place, a good shot to include in your cache
is a tight shot of what’s being sold. But sometimes you can’t get
close to their wares. Out comes the telephoto. Why not apply the same
principal to your landscapes? Instead of just using a stand of fall
colored aspens as a foreground element, zoom in to single out a
uniquely shaped tree that works on its own.

COMPRESS PERSPECTIVE: Telephoto lenses compress perspective. What this
means is foreground and background objects appear much closer than
they actually are. This can be used to your advantage if you want the
compositional elements to appear more closely compacted. The
quintessential example is receding mountain layers that seem to be
very close to each other, but in actuality are separated by miles.

EXTRACT: When I run my photo tours, it’s my goal to find at least one
new shot for my participants at each location on the tour. While in
Bryce Canyon, the standard lens with which to shoot is a wide angle
zoom. Shifting paradigms, I decided to photograph an entire sunrise
with a long telephoto. Shooting exclusively with my 80-400, I began to
extract portions of the wide angle landscape. Guess what - lots of new

To learn more about how Russ captured this image, join him on one of his photo tours. Visit Russ Burden Photography to get more information.

To take a class with Russ or a fellow Digital Photo Academy instructor in your area, check out the Digital Photo Academy. I took Russ' intermediate and advanced courses last year, and he continues to be a strong source of knowledge and encouragement as I progress in my photography.

Don't forget to check Take Great Pictures for Russ' most recent tips. On the home page, click on the "Photo Tips And Techniques" button in the left hand column. Additionally, check out his "Digital Tip of the Month" found by clicking on the Digital Photography button.

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