Zoom In, Zoom Out

It is a something you have heard before: There are two photos for each scene.  This normally refers to the orientation of the camera in either Landscape (horizontal) or Portrait (vertical).  There is another method to getting two photos from most scenes. It does not always work depending on your distance to what you are photographing.

When people purchase a digital SLR camera, they often get a kit lens or two.  The most popular are 18-55mm and/or 55mm-200mm zoom lenses.  Many know I like my super zoom lenses in the 18-200mm range for DX (cropped) cameras and 28-300mm for FX (full frame) cameras. Many Point and Shoot cameras have a zoom range from short to long. Which ever zoom range you have, do not forget to use the power they give you.

As an example, I zoomed in on a monorail as it passed the Bay Lake Tower DVC Resort in Walt Disney World as the Sun was close to setting.

Close up of Monorail Green passing in front of Bay Lake Tower DVC Resort in Walt Disney World.

Close up of Monorail Green passing in front of Bay Lake Tower DVC Resort in Walt Disney World. Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/320s, f/9, ISO 200, EV 0, 150mm focal length.

I remembered to quickly zoom all the way out to get a wide angle view of the scene as the monorail continued to pass by the resort.

Wide view of Monorail Green passing in front of Bay Lake Tower DVC Resort in Walt Disney World.

Wide view of Monorail Green passing in front of Bay Lake Tower DVC Resort in Walt Disney World. Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/320s, f/9, ISO 200, EV 0, 28mm focal length.

Same scene, two different perspectives without having to move your feet.  It is not being lazy, it is being smart to use your equipment to its fullest.

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9 Responses to Zoom In, Zoom Out

  1. Karma says:

    Thanks for this timely post Scott. Just so happens I was on a lens rental site yesterday thinking about trying some different lenses for my vacation. I have those kit lenses (mine is a 55-250) and I was wondering what lens I should think about for even more telephoto distance.

  2. tedgriffith says:

    Thanks for the tip! I often use the zoom, but rarely capture 2 different images of the same subject.

  3. milkayphoto says:

    It is so easy to forget to do this. Thanks for the reminder. :-)

  4. Yep, wax on, wax off… I mean… zoom in, zoom out. Love having my zoom lens for all-purpose photography (except macro!)

  5. Nye says:

    Great tip Scott, I’ll keep that in mind.

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