Long lenses vs wide lenses part 2
Even though the wide angle lens will get 75-80% use during a wedding, the long lens has some very specific advantages and disadvantages
One of the biggest is the ability to capture the subject from afar. This will let you capture natural reactions, as people won’t be thinking about the photographer that’s in their face. Long lenses are most Phoenix, Arizona wedding photographers’ lens of choice for capturing candid reactions during speeches and emotional events. It’s also good to mix it in during the ceremony, letting you capture closer shots of the bride and groom without distracting the guests.
Long lenses are great for certain situations, but they do have some disadvantages. First off, the longer focal length means less in the photo, which can make someone look disconnected to events, taking them out of the context of the wedding. The depth of field effect that blurs the background can make it difficult to see where the photo was taken. Another problem is the fact that the farther away from the subject that you are, the more likely it is that someone will walk in front of you during a crucial moment in the wedding.
One last thing to keep in mind about long lenses is the fact that although you’re farther away, you are pretty noticeable still. With wide angle lenses you need to be up close to the action, which can affect the way people react. However, a good Phoenix, Arizona wedding photographer knows how to capture someone who doesn’t know you’re aiming at them by keeping them at the edge of the frame. With a telephoto lens, your subject can see exactly where you’re aiming, and the huge lens tends to make people nervous. Still, the long lens is a great choice when trying to capture candid photos.