Telephoto Compression

Moon behind a rock formation

When it's time to photograph a distant object, photographers will reach for their telephoto lenses, which have a focal length of 70 mm or greater. But those lenses aren't just for distance — they can also be used to compress elements in the frame. The narrow angle of view on a telephoto lens means that the relative size and distance between objects appears smaller, creating the illusion that elements might be closer together than they really are. Photo: Derek Von Briesen