What is telephoto lens photography?

Learn more about telephoto photography and how to take your photography skills to the next level with a telephoto lens.

Telephoto lenses are incredibly useful in a wide variety of photography niches, allowing you to capture crisp, dynamic shots at a considerable distance. Whether you want to explore wildlife photography or take better portraits, there’s a telephoto lens that can take your skills to the next level.

What is a telephoto lens?

In a nutshell, a telephoto lens makes objects appear closer to the camera than they really are. This is especially helpful if a physical barrier prevents you from getting close to your subject, or in cases when it might not be safe to do so — like in wildlife photography.

From a creative standpoint, these lenses can create a beautiful contrast between a clear subject and a significantly blurry background.

Common telephoto lenses and their uses.

Just like other types of lenses, a telephoto lens mounts to the body of your SLR or DSLR camera. A wide range of lens distances is available. Here are some standard options:

Many photography shops allow day rentals, so you can try various lengths before you purchase. As you begin experimenting with telephoto lenses, discover more photography tips and techniques to try.

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