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Hey guys,

Well ive been taking pictures of everything and i think ive now basically decided i hate posed photography(like looking at it , but its not for me. Much respect to all of you who do it properly)

I quite like photojournalistic type photograph and i am absolutely in love with architecture and landscape photography.

Need some tips on composition and exposure for landscape photography(especially on ones with a single focal point, not loving the wide angle deep depth of fields(especially since i dont have a real wide angle lens:D).

Also what lens would be a good buy for this type of photography(i recently posted one asking for a general lens but ive been told to narrow down my scope so basically ive just gone out the last couple of days and taken shots of everything).

Thanks
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Hey guys,
Well ive been taking pictures of everything and i think ive now basically decided i hate posed photography(like looking at it , but its not for me. Much respect to all of you who do it properly)
I quite like photojournalistic type photograph and i am absolutely in love with architecture and landscape photography.
Need some tips on composition and exposure for landscape photography(especially on ones with a single focal point, not loving the wide angle deep depth of fields(especially since i dont have a real wide angle lens:D).
Also what lens would be a good buy for this type of photography(i recently posted one asking for a general lens but ive been told to narrow down my scope so basically ive just gone out the last couple of days and taken shots of everything).
Thanks

I don't know that I can help with composition tips, since it seems you do more than cityscapes, however, as far as lenses, something fast (low f stop) would be preferred since you'll generally be using natural lighting. I would start with a 50mm f/1.8 or f/1.4 (35mm if you're working with a APS-C sensor) as this will give you roughly the same focal length as the human eye. They are also among the cheapest fast lenses in any company's lineup. It would be good to get yourself a wide angle as well; not for "getting everything in", but for getting up close. Something in the f/4 range should suffice. Get at least 12mm for a DX size sensor or 24mm for full frame.
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This is something i too have been struggling with.
Some basic but perhaps over looked tips that are helping me are.. (no particular lens, just style)

Work the shot.
Walk around the subject, get low, get high, get vertical and horizontal with camera. Tilt the camera a little.

Don't just shoot the subject against a sky, get a statue etc in pic for perspective.

Look for contrast or long shadows for B&W images.

Leading lines.

Make sure objects in image do not overlap.
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i am using a rebel t2i and i am actually using the 50mm f1.8 a lot for the shots its the perfect length and can get some nice bokeh too on some pics.

I use the kit lens on some pics too, wanna get my next lens so thats what im looking for the lens.

I am gonna find some pics of the type of photography i like and post em so you guys can get a idea of the lens im looking for, i cant post mine cuz im on a bandwidth limit here overseas.
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You can use just about anything for landscape and architecture - depends on what you are taking. For example, we tend to think of ultra-wides for landscapes, but you can use telephotos for compressed landscapes or to reach places you can't get to on foot. I one heard that ultrawides are as much to "get it all it" but rather to allow you take extreme perspectives by allowing you to move closer to your subject while maintaining a wide field of view.

If you're really going to get into architecture photography (read: profession or adv. am), you'll be looking for a PC (or perspective control lens). Be warned, you likely won't find one for less than $1k or higher.
In the realm of more normal folk, I'd recommend you look at one of two lenses:
1) 10-20mm zoom (there are a bunch of different versions, 11-16, 10-20, 10-24 - read and know your wallet. The Sigma 10-20 is a fine lens and can be had used for $350 where as the Nikon 10-24mm get back up towards the $900 mark)
2) a fixed, wide & macro lens - like the Tokina 35mm macro - this will give you a good walk-around with a close focus ability.

Good shooting! And remember, from a good source (B&H, KEH, Adorama, etc) used is just find and can save you a good amount of money.
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