After shooting photography for a decade and HDR photography for half of that, there is a lot little weird nuances you end up figuring out.
One of the biggest questions I always had starting off was, What lenses should I buy and what lenses are best for what? For example, what lens should I use for HDR Photography?
Although this question does vary with style, there are fundamentals. Sports and Nature photographers typically use long lenses, Landscape photographers typically use Ultra Wides, Portrait Photographers typically use Mid to Long range lenses.
What Lenses Are Best For HDR And Landscape Photography?
HDR Photography has because it’s own weird little thing and it’s really kind of become almost trendy these last 5 years. And It requires a totally different mindset and usage of gear than all the other traditional photography. So what about Lenses, what do I need for HDR Photography?
It took me awhile to really understand this question and the answer comes when you look at it the other way around. You have to ask yourself; What kind of situation should I shoot HDR Photography? And the answer should be obvious, when I need a High Dynamic Range.
Typically you don’t end up needing a high dynamic range on very long lenses like a 200mm, because you’re pretty much focused in on a single subject. However, when you’re much wider, say at 14mm, you are capturing an entire scene filled with lots of different lights, shadows, area’s of contrast and dynamic colors, etc, so it only makes sense that the best lenses for shooting HDR photography would be something wide or ultra wide.
I find myself rarely shooting HDR on anything over a 70mm unless it’s a very specific thing in a high contrast area such as zooming in on a pier and capuring all the different details from a distance. And only sometimes will I shoot HDR on a 50mm, but that’s mainly when I’m going for some sort of effect.
My HDR Lenses
My main HDR photography lenses are my Samyang 14mm, my Canon 16-35mm f2.8L II or my Canon 24-70mm f2.8. And sometimes I’ll shoot HDR on my Zeiss Sonnar 35mm T* with my Sony A7r.
However, I shoot on a full frame camera. When shooting on an APS-C camera you’ll want a much wider lense to make up for the crop. Like the Tamron 11-16mm.
List of Ultra Wide Lenses
Here is a list of some of the most popular ultra wide angle lenses for HDR and Landscape photography. I’ve posted a variety of lenses of different qualities. You get what you pay for when it comes to these.
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