Monday, May 23, 2011

Tips for Shooting Extremely Wide Angles (III)

And the last of the "Tips for Shooting Extremely Wide Angles" series is here!

Bridge Over Still Water, by Andreas Manessinger
Photo by Andreas Manessinger [©] 

PLAY WITH GEOMETRY

Capturing shapes and geometry with wide angles forces you to look at the world a bit differently. Look for large structures containing strong lines or curves, and move around until you find those shapes.




A cow, by Dave Wild
Photo by Dave Wild [CC by-n

TAKE A PORTRAIT

Wide angle lenses can be used to take portraits, if you’re mindful of the distortions caused by the lens. If you shoot around 30mm (or 20mm for 1.5x crop sensors) and keep your subject near center, the distortion will usually be minimal. On the other hand, you can use very wide angles and get up close to produce a distorted portrait on purpose.

39 comments:

  1. Shooting in wide angles makes the picture almost look abstract. Pretty neat

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  2. I love those pictures, I wish I had a wide angle lens, they look so much fun to use.

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  3. Always good to know, doesn't even need to be applied only for photos.
    In drawings and paintings, these tricks are good to follow!

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  4. nice post! allways good to read this as many times as possible lol

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  5. Haha that cow picture is awesome

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  6. The cow pic reminds me an album cover I've seen. Can't remember where I've seen it before.

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  7. i shall keep this in mind, though i'll admit i'm a horrible photographer

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  8. Great post and cool blog! Followed!

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  9. Hah! The use of geometry sounds good to me you know?

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  10. Wow, that is actually amazing. Definitely checking back here.

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  11. That cow is like "the fuck you want?"

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  12. AW my camera broke and I don't take pictures anymore, I'll get another one soon I hope, gotta love geometry and macro mode too, thank you for sharing!

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  13. Whish I had a better camera :(

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  14. I love this. I wish I took photography classes now.

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  15. nice tips, and those pictures look fantastic! Altough I hate when people over do it...

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  16. These are nice, but yeah I think the key thing is to not over do the technique.

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  17. Great tips, and those photos are great. Another great post

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  18. I really like the idea of playing with geometry in my shots.

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  19. this cow is just hilarious :D thanks for the infos!

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  20. That cow photo is awesome. I need to invest in a nice camera.

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  21. very nice pictures love the great quality

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  22. Distorted cow is distorted. :P

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  23. Fascinating stuff here. I really need a half-decent camera.

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  24. i love the cow picture, i dont think i'm the first either ahah

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  25. Wow, good tips and awesome pictures.

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  26. Wide angle portraits are always good for the lulz. I love what your trying to say with the geometry idea. Nice points.

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