5 Easy Steps to Increase Impact With Your Tele Lens

The strength of a tele lens is it allows to fill the frame and remove visual distractions at the taking stage. Thus, increasing the overall impact of the shot. Always have in mind the saying “Use it or lose it”.


My current favourite tele lens is the Fujinon XF 100 – 400mm f4.5 – 5.6 R LM OIS WR.

1 Turn On Image Stabilisation

– How slow a shutter speed can you use with your favourite lens?

Find out with the How slow can you go test


2 Select the right shutter speed for the focal length

Discover the right shutter speed for the ISO, Focal Length and Subject you are shooting

3 Choosing an appropriate shutter speed – what is your intent?

See how shutter speed and lens length can describe your intent.

4 Fill the frame – “Use it or lose it”

Use a longer lens to eliminate distractions

5 Composition – You are the viewers eyes

A longer lens can be used to show photographic vision and intent by making abstractions.


Above and below – these pictures were taken with a 100-400 mm lens

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