Image by David Pritchard
If you're heading on holiday over the next few weeks, or even if you're staying at home, wide angle landscape photography is something that everyone can have a go at relatively easily. Head over to a local beauty spot or point of interest on your travels and have a go at some wide-angle landscapes with your Tamron lenses.
Tamron make several wide angle lenses that will be ideal for this, the new 16-300mm is a great choice if you want to travel light and not have to change lenses, as it's wide but can also zoom in. Another option for a less zoom alternative is the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8.
Wide angles give you an exaggerated field of vision, allowing you to capture more of the scene in the shot. Here are some top tips for getting better wide angle shots:
Use a Tripod
It's always advised to shoot with a tripod, particularly for landscape work as they slow you down and make you think about composition more. Something strong yet lightweight such as a Carbon Fibre tripod will give you the support you need without breaking your back after carrying up hills all day. A tripod will also give you the opportunity to shoot some slower shutter speed images, which work really well if there are clouds moving through the shot.
Add foreground interest
A large part of your shot will be foreground so if it's not very interesting it'll make your shot boring. So if you find the spot your stood at doesn't have anything particularly interesting in foreground consider moving to a different location or if the vista you're trying to capture won't look as good from somewhere else switch lenses to one that has a long rather than wide focal length.
When you're looking for foreground interest it can be anything from the shore of a lake to interesting boulder/rock formations or lines such as fallen tree trunks, paths and fences. A little bit of careful framing will also ensure that the foreground interest will help guide the eye through the shot to what's in the background.
Think about perspective
Objects that are towards the back of the frame will appear even smaller when photographed with a wider lens so you may have to move closer to your subject than you first thought. If you have objects such as a building close to your lens perspective distortion can occur. On buildings this can mean the front of the building appearing much larger than the rest of it.Wides also have a tendency to cause verticals to converge too so if you have a lot of verticals in your frame, make sure you keep an eye out for it. To avoid it, you can compose your shot so the verticals aren't in frame, shoot the shot as you wanted to so you can correct the distortion later at your computer or there is a chance you may like the effect. It can work quite well if shooting in forests, shooting up towards the sky through a circle of trees, for example.
When shooting with wide-angle lenses so you have fore-, middle- and background interest you must make sure you have front to back sharpness in your shot. Using a small aperture will give you the extensive depth-of-field you're looking for but if you find you have objects really close to your lens you may need to use hyperfocal focusing to get the shot you want.