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The Enthusiast's Guide to Composition by Khara Plicanic

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20. GEAR UP FOR LANDSCAPES

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ONE WOULD THINK that landscapes make for simple subjects, right? There’s no posing, directing, or desperate attempts to elicit (and capture) an authentic expression. And landscapes will never complain that you’re taking too long, or that it’s too hot or cold or windy. But for those who are up for it, landscapes offer an exciting challenge with a potentially epic payoff.

Go Wide

A wide-angle lens (a lens with a focal length of 35mm-ish or less) is usually the tool of choice for many landscape photographers. Typical choices might include a 24mm prime lens or something along the lines of a 16–35mm zoom. (We’ll talk about ...

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