Lenses – Telephoto

Image showing the effects of long lenses

Telephoto lenses allow subjects at a distance to be brought closer. They are good for portraits, as they give a flattering appearance. Telephoto lenses cause compression which makes the background appear closer to the foreground and gives a stacked appearance. This is particularly apparent in the image of the sand dunes, the compression effect has made them look higher than they actually are. This effect is exploited by press photographers to make crowds seem bigger and more densely packed.