The Challenge of Landscape Photography With Prime Lenses

A lens like a 16-35mm f/2.8 is often the workhorse of choice for landscape photographers, but have you ever tried heading out with nothing but prime lenses? This interesting video shows you some of the benefits of doing so. 

Coming to you from Craig Roberts of e6 Vlogs, this great video follows him as he shoots some landscape photos on a foggy day using just prime lenses. None of this is to restart the same old primes versus zooms debate. Rather, I think Roberts highlights an interesting benefit of primes. With a zoom lens, when you find an angle or position you like, you can simply adjust the focal length to get the framing just right. That is not possible with a prime lens, of course, and you might find that even promising compositions aren’t possible due to not having the right focal length available. That sounds like a downside, and sure, it can be frustrating, but it forces you out of habitually making the same compositional decisions over and over due to the convenience of a zoom, and you might find new, creative ways of framing scenes that you would have never discovered otherwise. Check out the video above to see Roberts in action. 

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