Moderate wide angle lenses
Some of the most popular subjects for
photographers are landscapes, street scenes and groups of peoples. If
there is enough room, a normal lens is the best choice. However, if
camera to subject distance is short and there is no place to back up, a
moderate wide angle lens may be needed to get the entire picture.
A building is often difficult to photograph because of its size and its surroundings. If you stand close enough to avoid distractions such as sign posts, parked cars or other buildings, you may be too close for your normal lens to include the structure from top to bottom. A moderate wide angle lens will usually let you stand that close and still get everything.
As already mentioned, a wide angle lens
(usually a moderate one) is frequently the best choice when
photographing groups of people indoors. People, however, are not the
only indoor subjects that need a lens of this coverage. The room
interiors themselves require a wider angle of view if they are to be
photographed as units instead of bit by bit. The very shortest lens may
sometimes be necessary in small rooms but moderate wide angles are often
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