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Beginner Basics — Working With Telephoto Lenses (preview)

©Don Komarechka Gear: Canon 1DX, EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM + 2X III teleconverter Settings: ƒ11@1/160 sec., ISO 400

©Don Komarechka
Gear: Canon 1DX, EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM + 2X III teleconverter
Settings: ƒ11@1/160 sec., ISO 400

 

Many landscape and nature photographers crave the experience that telephoto lenses provide. It’s usually the first new lens purchase after buying a camera. Shooting with a telephoto lens offers a different set of challenges that new photographers often struggle with; motion blur, incorrect exposures and out-of-focus images are commonplace. These obstacles to great images can be overcome with a few simple insights.

Motion blur

The first problem you’re likely to encounter is motion blur. Unsteady hands will always add a small amount of blur to a photograph, but this is far less noticeable when shooting with a wide-angle lens. The same amount of “camera shake” on a telephoto lens can easily render an image useless.

For Don’s remedy to this and more common telephoto problems, please pick up the Winter 2015 issue of OPC today, or subscribe!

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