Robert Canis suggests that 'Less is more'

01 November 2016

Region: London


Less is more

One of the most difficult aspects of photography is not necessarily knowing what to include but what to leave out. When confronted with a wonderful view our instinct is often to use a wide-angle lens and include as much as possible. This can lead to rather uninteresting images resulting in more of a record as opposed to a considered composition. The answer to this is to use a telephoto-zoom to pick out sections of the landscape or, for example, to capture intricate close-ups of colourful leaves scattered on the floor. Take a woodland or common on a misty November morning for example. If we use a wide-angle lens there is every chance that we will include large expanses of sky and all manner of distractions and the image can look very busy and confusing to the viewer. Fit a telephoto-zoom, on the other hand, and concentrate on just the trunks or branches of the trees leaving out any bright sky and immediately your photograph has greater impact. This is due to the telephoto lens’ narrow angle of view and its ability to compress perspective resulting in trees appearing much closer together. “Making sense out of nature’s chaos” is a saying that certainly rings true on such an occasion.


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