- Before we begin our shoot, I wanted to take a moment to talk about the different type of lenses that we'll be using in this course. We're gonna use a 70-200 and a 16-35 primarily as our two lenses. And the reason why I wanna talk a little bit about this is because when it comes to working with landscape photography and people photography and combining the two, there's some essential things to think about. One of them is when you have longer focal length lenses, you have a narrower field of view. In other words, you see a smaller slice of the world.
With a wider angle lens, you see a larger part of the scene. And because of that, you shoot in different ways. If you're using a wide angle lens, one of the things that you often hear people say is you need something in the foreground, you need something to anchor the shot, so you wanna get close and get low or you need to fill up the frame because if you use a wide angle shot and it's too wide and shows everything, it kind of shows nothing. So when I use wide angle lenses, I think of either getting close and low, having something anchor the shot in the foreground or filling up the frame with everything that's there, so that often means that you need to get close.
Now, when I'm using a longer focal length lens like this, I often think about how the background actually becomes more important because there's more separation from the subject and the background. So in those situations, I'm looking to the subject but I'm also looking past him or her to see what's behind the subject so that we can compose in that way. With a wide angle lens, it's almost like you're composing everything on one plane or one field, that foreground and the background, but they blend together in such a beautiful way.
With longer focal length lenses, it's different. The other thing to keep in mind is that longer focal length lenses give us the ability to compress the scene. It makes the background seem even closer than it actually is. So at those few thoughts in mind and also with the preparation that we've done, thinking about the landscape, scouting the location, listening to it and being filled with awe, we're now ready to begin our course and our shoot. And this course and the shooting really begins just as the sun rises, so let's take a look at that in the next movie.