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Using a Telephoto Lens to Get Great Digital Photos

Telephoto lenses can create interesting and unique photos on your digital camera. To make the most of a telephoto lens, try these tempting applications when you take pictures with a telephoto lens or tele-zoom attached to your camera:

1

Compress distances.

Telephoto lenses compress the apparent distance between objects, making that row of fencepost appear as if each post is only a foot or two distant from the next.

2

Isolate your subject.

The reduced depth of field of telephoto lenses let you apply selective focus when you want to isolate your subjects from the foreground or background.

3

Get in on the action.

A telephoto lens brings you into the middle of the huddle, right in the center of the action around the goal, and a lot closer than you ever wanted to get to the periphery of a scrum.

4

Keep nature at a distance.

A telephoto can take you closer to your subject, including animals of all shapes and sizes, while letting you stay far enough away that you don’t become lunch for a hungry alligator.

5

Take extreme close-ups.

You might not need a macro lens to shoot macro (close-up) photos. A telephoto lens with enough reach that focuses reasonably close may be all you need.

 
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