David Johnston

Long Lens Landscape Photography

David Johnston
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Long lens landscape photography can look very different than what you may be used to with a wide angle lens. In this session, we will look at how a long lens can create a distortion of compression in space and how you can use that to your advantage.
There are multiple types of images that you can create with a long lens. In this session, we’ll go in the field to explore how to create several completely different types of images in a single place so you can learn how versatile a long lens can be.
Throughout this Class, you’ll hear the word compression over and over. To use compression best, you also need to learn how your subjects interact with one another within the frame. In this session we’ll explore how lines and shapes can be framed differently to create visually pleasing photos and repetitions.
Long lens photography creates some beautiful compression that can add a lot of interest to a composition. However, with compression also comes chaos and distracting elements. In this session, we’ll explore the best compositional guideline to use when creating long lens compositions that will help you simplify your image.
While grand vistas have the ability to amaze people, small scenes have the ability to make people stop and explore your photos. For this session, we will create two kinds of small scenes that are most popular with a long lens.
Compression has a tendency to look flat sometimes. Using depth in your photographs can separate your subjects and make long lens compression more interesting. In this final Class session, we’ll see how natural windows and weather can impact depth in your compositions.
Learn more about your class instructor, David Johnston
7 Lessons
1  hrs 11  mins

When you first get into landscape photography, it might feel like the only lens you need is a wide-angle lens. But long lenses give photographers the most versatility and creativity for landscape photography because of their reach and how they can compress distances. The ability to compress space allows photographers to photograph jaw-dropping vistas as well as intimate small scenes.

In this video class, you’ll learn everything you need to know about how to use a long lens for landscape photography so you can expand your creative vision beyond the wide angle lens.

We’ll take you into the field to dissect the different kinds of long lens landscapes, composition techniques you can use to improve your long lens photography, and how to use compression to your advantage. We will also address how to create abstract photos and detail shots with a long lens.

In addition to the detailed video instruction you will receive, this class will provide you with some free downloadable PDF resources including a Class Guide that you can use to follow along and better visualize the long lens principles we will be discussing. You’ll also receive a resource to better visualize how to simplify your long lens landscape photography compositions.

After the class, you’ll have the confidence to put the wide angle lens away and multiply the different kinds of long lens landscape photographs you can create in a single location.

David Johnston

David Johnston is a professional outdoor photographer located in Tennessee. He loves photographing the older mountain landscapes of the Appalachian Mountains and he ventures to other locations around the world to capture amazing outdoor scenes. Originally a fan of print photography, he switched to digital photography after college and began his business photographing the outdoors as well as teaching people how to improve their skills in outdoor photography.

David Johnston

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