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Tips for Perfecting Wide Angle Photos

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Gertn, Jun 11, 2016.

  1. Gertn

    Gertn Active Member

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    One of the trickiest types of photography is using a wide angle lens. With a wide angle lens, it more closely approximates the way we actually see the world. Most of us can see a little bit on each side of any scene. A wide angle lens is great for capturing landscapes, and sometimes people use the “fish eye” wide angle lens to take photos of real estate.

    These tips will help you make the most of your wide angle shots.

    * Fill the Frame – When you look through the viewfinder, ensure that every part of the frame is full of what you want to show in the shot. That way you don’t have to cut and edit it later, which kind of ruins the whole idea of a wide angle shot.

    * Watch Your Colors – The wide angle causes some of the lines in your image to curve. This can cause some distortion in the image. That means that you need to be super careful with the colors in your shot to ensure that the distortion looks good and captures what you wanted to in the shot.

    * Capture the Crowd – Wide angle lenses are fabulous for taking a shot of a large group of people such as a graduation photo, a wedding photo, or other crowd shots. Look carefully at what is showing in the viewfinder, checking shadows over people’s faces and so forth before checking the shot.

    * Cityscapes – The wide angle lens is the best thing to use to get good shots of a large cityscape such as the NYC skyline or the Golden Gate Bridge. This will help capture all the important elements to get the scene right. Pay close attention to the foreground in the viewfinder, to ensure you get the shot you want.

    * Use Distortion – As mentioned before, the lines in an image curve with a wide angle lens. You can use this distortion to add amazing effects to your images. You can also eliminate as much distortion as you want to by ensuring you are pointing the camera completely straight ahead.

    * The Sky Is Your Friend – When using a wide angle lens for nature photography, make a large portion of your image the sky for a very interesting effect on the image below the sky.

    * Keep People Away from Sides – As the sides of your image in the viewfinder are apt to curve, shoot people away from the sides and corners of the shot. Put them more inside the photo.

    Using these tips will help you take amazing photos with a wide angle lens. Take a lot of different shots with the wide angle lens to find out what the effects are. Try some vertical shots, and some from below and some from above to see how the lines are affected.
     

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