Photographer Albert Dros shares great tips on how to create stunning images with a fish-eye lens.
It’s possible to use it for landscapes without too much distortion – or even for portrait photography as long as you’re careful about where you place your subject. Here are 3 of Albert’s best tips for fish-eye lenses.
Using it with round shapes creates great compositions
A fisheye generally curves straight lines. So if you photograph round shapes with it the curving gets less noticeable. Try it out on tubes, round stairways, intersections, etc.
‘Defishing’ is possible!
Sometimes fisheye lenses can be used as extreme wide angles. By putting the horizon in the middle the horizon line is generally almost straight. With certain tools the curved lines can be straightened to get a super wide angle images.
A fisheye lens in the right hands can create some imagery that wouldn’t have been possible with normal lenses. Try to keep your fisheye lens on your camera for a longer period of time and point it everywhere. You will be amazed on how many interesting things you can see on the screen of your camera compared to what you see with your own eyes.
A lot of times, distortion can be annoying. But it doesn’t have to be. Use fisheye distortion to your advantage. Find scenes in which the fisheye effect actually adds something to the scene. When used right, fisheye distortion can be pleasing to the eye and can be preferred to a normal wide-angle lens. Try to use the distorted lines and curves as a way to lead the viewer into an image.