Best Lens for Landscape Photography for Canon Cameras

Best Lens for Landscape Photography for Canon CamerasBest Lens for Landscape Photography for Canon Cameras

“Landscape photography shows spaces within the world, sometimes vast and unending, but other times microscopic. Landscape photographs typically capture the presence of nature but can also focus on man-made features or disturbances of landscapes.” – Wikipedia


Notable landscape photographers include Ansel AdamsMark GrayGalen Rowell, and Edward Weston. – Wikipedia


Landscape photographers are adventurers who know no limits and push their photo-hunting, wanderlusting souls to extremes so they can capture the drama in nature.


That’s not me. I’m a landscape artist who spends time on the ground pushing my macro lens kit into the next scrubby undergrowth of grass and leaves trying to find what’s hidden among the grass or leaves.


Yet, I do have a hankering for trying to get dramatic shots of nature in the area around my home in Pennsylvania. And, I was on the beach in Miami a few years ago with my 50mm lens wishing I had something with a more robust range of view than the narrow 50mm can afford.

Best Lens for Landscape Photography Canon, tokina 11-16mm lens

So, I did some research on which lenses are best for nature & wide angle shots for my Canon camera and decided to give the Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 lens a go.


It’s a solid lens, has a great hand feel and doesn’t feel cheap. The angle of view gives me all the drama I want and need when I’m photographing landscapes or even taking photos inside real estate for sale.


For a non-Canon lens, you can’t go wrong with this one. You’ll be able to capture a lot of the foreground and background clearly.


What I really like about it is the amount of scenery I can get in a shot. It lets me get a wide and sweeping view of the scene, but it won’t let me zoom in and really get a close-up.


If you are wanting a lens to focus on an object and not a sweeping view or the ability to get a lot of the foreground and background in a shot, you’ll want to find a lens that has a pretty good zoom capability as well as a fairly wide range of view.


Your kit lens like the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens isn’t a bad lens to use for most landscape shots if you are on a budget. The only drawback is the f-stop range being limited.


The Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 has a better opportunity to get shots in low light – especially when you are using a tripod.


My landscape photography inspiration is Andrew Wyeth, the painter. His landscape work has the depth of field and imagery I aspire to in my photography. To see some of his paintings, you can find his work here.

Best Lens for Landscape Photography for Canon

You don’t have to try to be like the next great landscape photographer… you see on Instagram. You can find inspiration from painters and other creatives as well.


To be an artist, which I think photographers are, you can draw upon all the genres of art to see how they deal with lighting, mood, creativity in their scenes and so on.


Study your favorite shots in movies – in drawing & sketches – on television – to see what inspires you to make better photos.

nature photography, pennsylvania, four seasons

These photos are a few of the photos I’ve taken with my Tokina lens on my Canon 50D ( I think… it may have been my 7D).

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Pick up a wide-angle lens like the Tokina and head out into nature. Try your hand at different vantage points in your environment… head to a river or water fall and take sweeping shots of the water cascading over the rocks or winding off into the distance.


You’ll love how a wide angle lens like the Tokina 11-16mm lets you set up your shots for a more dramatic view of the landscape!





To buy the Tokina Wide Angle lens for landscape photography, pick it up on Amazon:

Need help mastering landscape photography? Go from average to master with direction from Rob Sheppard.

Carlin Felder Author Biography

Photography Projects: Focusing on One Concept at a Time

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Photography Series – Blurred Stripes: After The Rain – Series of Leaves, Ferns and Water Drops

Photography Projects: Focusing on One Concept at a Time

Most new photographers set out to take photos of whatever crosses their path at that moment in time.

We’ve all been there, trying to figure out what to shoot… what would “look cool”?

What would look like “my favorite Instagram photographer’s work”?

And, that’s all good – for beginner photographers.

That’s part of the process of being/becoming an artist, a photographer, and an explorer.

A photography explorer has to find their way, uncover what resonates with them and snap a shit-ton of photos along the way!

But after a while, every photographer starts to feel drawn to a specific genre, a specific look, a specific filter preference for post production, specific lighting effects, and a favorite time of day to shoot.

The more work you produce as a photographer, the more you will find your own voice and grow into your work.


Why Focus on a Photography Project or Theme?

Focusing on a photography project theme helps you build a body of work So You Can grow as an artist.

A photography theme helps you discover different ways of looking at the same idea.

A photography theme forces you to get creative and discover angles, vantage points, camera settings, lighting and other elements that will push you out of your comfort zone with your subject matter.

A photo project theme can push you to think outside of the box you normally put your work into and discover other photographers who have shot the same theme (this requires some research), and explore your camera settings to achieve better results day after day.

Photography projects can also give you limitations and guides to help you stay on a path without falling into the trap most beginner photographers fall into – shooting EVERYTHING that crosses their path.

If you decide upon a theme for the week or month, you can pursue the theme with unrelenting passion.

Tim Gilbreath from said it well:

A photo theme simply means creating a set of photographs that are related in some way, whether it be through subject, color or other recurring pattern.  The beauty of doing this is that you are not required to constantly come up with a new subject or idea for each consecutive photo; once a theme’s subject has been established, you only need to find new instances of that subject.  This forces you to think along one idea path and allows you to forget about the subject altogether and concentrate on what’s really important…taking an interesting and thought-provoking photo.


How to Set Up Your Shots:

carlin felder paintingsI studied painting and drawing in college.

My specific area of study was water-color and mixed media on paper.

My inspiration was the abstract expressionists, color field painters like Mark Rothko and sculptors like Henry Moore.

My watercolor professor, Rob Erdle, taught us to think of including 3 things in our work that set it apart. Don’t just paint a tree in a field… think of the lighting, the scenery, the abstractness, the mood, the time of day, the feeling you want to convey with the tree in the field, and so on.

Don’t just paint a tree… give it a personality, convey a feeling, create a mood.

The same is true for photography.

When creating photos, think of 3 things that will make your photo have more meaning than a simple snapshot of a location, person, subject, etc.

Don’t just see something “cool”, stand in front of it, and take a snapshot. Anyone can do that… those photos are printed out at CVS and passed around at family reunions every summer.

Ask yourself if you can do more with the lighting, the vantage point, the mood, or the lens choice.

Can you remove unnecessary background noise in your photos by adjusting your relationship to the subject?

And most essentially, what can you do with the story?

Affecting more than where your feet are planted will elevate your work and move you toward fine art photography.


What story are you telling in your photography project?

The story is up to you… it doesn’t mean you have to create a narrative with people.

The story can be the location or relationship of objects to each other or the effect in the final output (like the photos at the top of this article which have been rendered in duo-tone and shot as abstracts).

How does your environment change with light or time of day?

Can you create a series of photos that play off of each other by showing the same scene in a different way?

Try to keep in mind 3 things that will make your photos really pop.

When you look at your photography project ask yourself if there are 3 things that make your work have more meaning. If not, push yourself to explore how to add meaning and depth to your project.

Now that you have a concept of how to approach your photography project, go forth and conquer your world.

Need more inspiration? Brooks Jensen will inspire your work. Pick up one of his books to elevate your photography mind!

Carlin Felder Author Biography

Defocus: Blur

blur-1Blur is sexy. Blur creates mood and mystery. Wiki defines blur as defocus or an aberration, but blur isn’t an aberration, it can be a mood building tool.

My goal yesterday after the rain settled down was to take some garden shots of the wet surfaces and capture the drops and gloss of water on leaves, pavement, decaying flowers and twine.

Attaching a couple of Kenko Macro Extension Tubes to my 50mm lense gave me the opportunity to shoot images super close up. Objects can fill up the frame and leave little recognizable in the background. Camera shake is a problem with low f-stop high ISO settings so a lot of my images were blurred.

To be or not to be disappointed. There are a couple of ways of looking at it… I could be frustrated for not having all my shots in focus or decide that defocus builds mood from some rain day shots.

Need more inspiration? Brooks Jensen will inspire your work. Pick up one of his books to elevate your photography mind!

Carlin Felder Author Biography

Vision Is Better

libertystateThere are so many photographer’s in the world who are professionals and publish their work, but the one aspect I like about David Duchemin is that he not only shares his vision, he shares it via the written word.

This morning reading through one of his ebooks, Vision is Better 2, he brought up a solid point:

 “…the point, for most of us, is deeper photographs, not merely larger ones. This world needs stronger, more honest photographs that are true to their creators. Art is meant to be a gift; if the best the world can do is praise the sharpness, or technical merits of a photograph, we’ve failed to bring a gift.”

For me, being honest in photography means putting aside what I think will make a great photo.

What if taking a photo of the dirty window isn’t high art?

Or what if my photo of the harbor outside isn’t going to grace the walls of a gallery?

I probably won’t be that person who makes a living from my hobby in photography because to do that would require as much focus as I put into my day job…. and that’s more energy than I have every 24 hours.

But I can make images from what I find unique or beautiful around me and share those photos with my family and friends – and that’s the gift I give to them. Taking honest photos of the world around me and sharing my vision with others to enjoy.

Need more inspiration? Brooks Jensen will inspire your work. Pick up one of his books to elevate your photography mind!

Carlin Felder Author Biography