Wide Angle Photography

By Dylan Schmidt


Wide angle lens are lens with very small focal lengths. Photographers use them to take photos that have very large depths of field and seem to shift the angle in which you photograph something, getting more of the surrounding scene in the shot. Some wide angle lens, like fish-eye lens or any lens with a high angle of view, distort the photograph. Objects, when photographed with wide angle lens with a short focal length and more than 180 degrees of view, appear to bend at the edges.


Wide angle shots also affect perspective. Because of the small focal length, the aperture can be set real low, meaning that most, if not all, of the foreground and background of the shot will be in focus. But anything real close to the camera seems to become gigantic.


Because of the amount of the frame that can be in focus using a wide angle lens, this type of lens is very popular with landscape photographers. They use it to get every detail of an environment to be in focus, so the photographs become rich and deep in detail.


I love the use of the wide angle lens because I like to look at a photo and see everything. Blurriness and shallow depths of field don’t really do much for me. I’ve always liked to see details in every photo. I also like the use of the wide angle lens to distort otherwise plain objects into massive or tiny out of proportion items. I think it’s an interesting format for the medium of photography.


Here’s a Beginner’s Introduction to Wide Angle Photography, and a video about using wide angle lens for travel photography.




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