How to choose the best lens for nature photography.
Here are some key tips for picking out the perfect lens to craft compelling nature photography.
Have you ever wondered how professional photographers manage to capture stunning images of nature and wildlife? It takes a lot of time and effort — but it also requires the right equipment, including the perfect lens.
Keep reading to learn how you can select the best lens for your nature photography efforts.
What is nature photography?
Although there is no single way to describe nature photography, it typically includes images captured outdoors and devoted to elements like wildlife, natural scenes, landscapes, plants, and more.
One of the unique things about this style of photography is that it knows no bounds — nature photographers can capture a ton of different types of images and shoot with a wide variety of techniques. In some ways, that may make it harder to settle on a single lens. Still, there are some general principles to follow.
How to pick the best nature photography lens.
At the end of the day, capturing the best images is going to come with practice, effort, and dedication to your craft. But having a performance-enhancing lens helps, too.
Consider a few of these factors when choosing your lens:
- Focal length — will your nature photography require macro-lenses, wide-angle lenses, or something in between?
- Aperture — will you need a lens that offers a broad or shallow depth of field?
- Shutter speed — will the capture speed matter for your potential subjects?
- Zoom versus prime — would your photography benefit from the ability to zoom?
Take your photography to the next level.
The right image starts with selecting the best lens — from there, practice makes perfect.