Chapter 2: Casting a Wide-Angle Net
In This Chapter
Defining wide angle
Shooting with wide-angle lenses
Improving your shots
Going overboard with fisheyes
Who doesn’t love to zoom in and take close-ups? But wait. Take a step back for a bigger perspective. This chapter considers the other end of the focal length spectrum, where wide angles are the norm.
The types of photos you can take with wide-angle lenses are different than those you would take using “normal” focal lengths. With wide-angle lenses you can capture sweeping vistas, large cities, buildings, big things, and small things. It’s a refreshing change of pace from stalking the cat around the house with a zoom lens! Most standard kit lenses have a wide enough angle of view when zoomed out to get you started on a wide-angle journey. If you like what you see, consider investing in a dedicated wide-angle zoom lens.
A wide-angle lens is a lens whose focal length is greater than the diagonal size of the film the camera uses (or, rather, the sensor). This means that if you’re using an APS-C camera whose sensor ...