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Landscape Photos With Your Zoom Lens - Here are some ideas and reasons why your zoom lens is ideal for landscapes.

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Photo by David Pritchard, using the Tamron 70-200mm lens.

If you're thinking of heading out for a day shooting landscapes, have you considered taking just your zoom lens? Here are a few reasons why you should along with some shooting ideas to try.

Versatility - A zoom lens gives you so much more scope when shooting than just a wide angle lens. Near or far, you'll be able to shoot a much wider variety of subjects and have the power to isolate interesting parts of the landscape easily simply by zooming in.

Less weight, free up space - Taking just one lens with you on the trail will not only leave your rucksack or camera bag a lot lighter, it also means you'll have more space for other essentials, like extra water on a hot day or other camera accessories.

Zoom in - The beauty of a zoom is that it gets you closer to your subject without you actually having to move anywhere. Zooming in will also allow you to cut out unwanted elements in your scene, and compose the shot to your liking a lot easier.

Zoom out - Just because it's a zoom lens doesn't mean that only a small area of the landscape will be captured. The beauty of a zoom is that it also zooms out, allowing you to see the full scope of the landscape, and everything inbetween.

Isolate your subject - A zoom will enable you to isolate a certain subject a lot more easily. A good example of this is a tree on a hill. With a wide angle lens, you'd be struggling to make the tree the focal point of the shot as you wouldn't be able to zoom in close enough. With a zoom, its much easier to make this the focus of the shot.

Portrait landscapes - Just because you are shooting landscapes, doesn't mean they have to be landscape format. Portrait landscapes can work well to isolate vertical aspects of the landscape, such as trees and statues. A zoom lens will enable to be further away from the subject, for example if there's a steep valley in the way, and still be able to get a clear and close shot.

Don't have to be as close - As already mentioned before, the main plus point of using a zoom lens like the Tamron 70-200mm is that you can shoot subjects you can't get close to and still get a nicely composed shot without extra elements that you didn't want. This could be getting a great shot of a waterfall without capturing distracting elements around the edge of it, plus you won't have to get your feet wet to create a frame-filling shot!

Filters - Landscape photography can often require the use of a graduated ND filter to even out the brightness of the land and the sky. The good news about the Tamron 70-200mm lens is that it does all of its zooming internally, meaning that the end doesn't twist, and the graduated filter will stay positioned exactly where you left it.




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