Lenses and tripods

In the countryside, landscapes are usually taken with wide-angle lenses to capture the full view. In urban landscapes you are just as likely to need a short telephoto lens to isolate small areas of rich detail.

 

In the countryside, landscapes are usually taken with wide-angle lenses to capture the full view. In urban landscapes you are just as likely to need a short telephoto lens to isolate small areas of rich detail.

The wide-angle-to-telephoto zoom of most Canon IXUS and PowerShot models is ideal for urban landscape photography. Make full use of it to vary your images. With EOS cameras, lenses such as the EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM or EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS will give you the flexibility you need for this type of work.

Whilst a tripod may help keep your camera steady, if it is not allowed then a monopod is a good alternative. This is a single extendible pole with a camera mounted at the top. It will stop the camera moving up and down, though there can still be a little side-to-side movement.

Some Canon compact digital cameras feature Image Stabilizer (IS) lenses, and both the lenses mentioned above for EOS cameras are IS models. Canon’s Image Stabilizer system uses gyro motors in the lenses to sense movement and a ‘floating’ element within the lens counteracts the movement of the camera, ensuring a steady image.

You can also reduce the effects of camera shake by using a faster shutter speed. Set the camera to Tv mode (if available) and select a shutter speed of 1/250 second or 1/500 second. You might need to increase the ISO setting to 800 or even 1600 to achieve these shutter speeds at some light levels. Higher ISO settings can produce increased ‘noise’ levels in images, but this grain-like effect often suits urban landscape pictures.

Enter the Gallery
Now that you have been inspired, take your camera into the city. Explore and experiment and then enter your favourite shots in the Gallery. Next month your photo could be displayed as one of the best!

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