Why Nature Photography Should Carry a Telephoto Lenses – Here are 7 Reasons

Let face it – we landscape photographers love to shoot with wide angle lenses. And there is a very good reason for it. When you arrive at a breathtaking location, you are often so overwhelmed with the sights and sounds that your first instinct is to pull out that wide lens and capture everything around you. So it is no wonder that we use telephoto lenses less often for nature photography.

However, telephoto lenses have the potential to take your nature photography in an entirely different direction. To effectively use telephoto lenses, you will have to change your mindset and look at things a bit differently.

Here are a few ideas to help you make the most of your telephoto lenses.

Catch Wildlife in Action

I am the first to admit that there are places where you can get really close to wildlife, such as in a zoo. But it is rare to be able to get close to wildlife in nature. If you really want to pursue wildlife photography in a natural setting, you need a good telephoto lens. While we do not always shoot wildlife, we will almost always carry a telephoto lens with us just in case an opportunity to capture wildlife presents itself.

Wildlife photography with a Telephoto Lens by Varina Patel in Costa Rica

Bird photography with a Sony 100-400 F4-5.5 lens by Varina Patel, Costa Rica

This is exactly what happened when we traveled to Costa Rica to create a creative nature photography video tutorial with Lensbaby lens. The abundance of magnificent birds in Costa Rica made it hard for a landscape photographer to not pull out their telephoto lens for wildlife photography. Sometimes, when we are travelling to a location like Costa Rica and we know that there is potential to shoot wildlife, we rent a good quality telephoto lens just so that we don’t miss any opportunity that may pop up.


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