Wide Angle Photography – An Introduction with Stunning Examples

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Wide angle photography is one of the most powerful aspects in photography. Naturally it tends to increase the friction between you the photographer and the scene, along with the elements and objects inside the frame as we see them with our naked eye. To be more specific it is one of the toughest lens sport to play, because there are a few important factors which stand between these lenses and the photographer.

Firstly the wide angled lenses, lets take a look at few of its Defects & Surprises,

  • These Lenses, when rightly used can get you and the viewer to make them feel at middle of the scene.
  • You as a photographer has to get closer, yes really closer to get some fantastic pictures. If you cant get close forget about the “wide angel”.
  • This Lens can exaggerate stuff, yes the anger, emotions or when around a celebration. The people, the faces, or the location everything seems to overflow within the frame when handled and composed rightly.
  • Composition really matters when it comes to this lens, a minute movement with the camera on positioning yourself inside the scene can give drastic changes to the Photograph. Avoid your legs being shot while framing.
  • Shooting portraits with wide angle lenses definitely needs a lot of self lessons and practice. Believe me even professionals find it tough to get a decent shot of portrait. One need to take into consideration about how disproportionate a human can become and how to avoid that. And remember it is not a portrait lens.

Infinite - Wide Angle Photography
Photo Credit : Philipp Klinger

Here in this article we have explained you the pros and cons of Wide angle Photography. And some interesting methods to counteract even the negative aspects of wide angle photography.

Distortion

Distortion is a lens defect, and am pretty sure that almost all the lenses made, naturally have atleast a minute distortion. And when it comes to wide angle lenses, distortion becomes a huge caution itself. Distortion is the stretching happening at the corners of a picture, making the object or subject look out of shape, giving a weary & unpleasant look to your photographs. It is really hard to avoid them, so the positive aspect would be to convert them into pleasant imperfections. Believe me a better framing would solve it all. And there are a lot of warping techniques available in processing packages which can rectify them to a greater extent.

Sunrise moeraki boulders new zealand - Wide Angle Photography
Photo Credit : Todd & Sarah Sisson

Framing

Be really clear on/about where would you keep your subject inside a frame. In the center, perfect then one can avoid a huge amount of distortion for there has to be nothing on the corners to distorted or go out of shape. Plus the center framing gives a huge benefit about the nature of the image making it a great wide angle photograph.

Lake Louise Banff National Park - Wide Angle Photography
Photo Credit : Kevin McNeal

Position & Composition

A Fraction of an inch movement here or a little tilt of the camera can give you dramatic differences within, which is again a good sign in getting the picture right. Keep experimenting and more evaluative trial and error methods could produce wonderful results. More self analysis and patience would get you wonderful results.

Sometimes We Fly - Wide Angle Photography
Photo Credit : Jared Ropelato

Stunning Examples of Wide Angle Photography

Golden hour - Wide Angle Photography
Photo Credit : Mac Danzig Photography

Lady in the Wind - Wide Angle Photography
Photo Credit : Willie Huang

The Light Within - Wide Angle Photography
Photo Credit : Joshua Cripps

Frozen Auroral Forest - Wide Angle Photography
Photo Credit : Philip Eaglesfield

Samuel Boardman Sunrise - Wide Angle Photography
Photo Credit : Chip Phillips

A Country View - Wide Angle Photography
Photo Credit : Michael Ryan

Deadvlei Abstract - Wide Angle Photography
Photo Credit : Brent Pearson

Autumnal Forest - Wide Angle Photography
Photo Credit : Jason Theaker

When the Sun meets the Sky - Wide Angle Photography
Photo Credit : Geoffrey Schmid

Closed curve to the right - Wide Angle Photography
Photo Credit : Joserra Irusta

Wanaka Dreaming - Wide Angle Photography
Photo Credit : Joshua Cripps

Fall on fire - Lake Tahoe, Nevada - Wide Angle Photography
Photo Credit : Lars van de Goor

Wanaka Dreaming - Wide Angle Photography
Photo Credit : Kah Kit Yoong

Bonsai Rock - Lake Tahoe, Nevada - Wide Angle Photography
Photo Credit : Jim Patterson

Split Reality - Lake Tahoe, Nevada - Wide Angle Photography
Photo Credit : Jeff Lewis

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Comments

  1. WOW! Great shots and great info! Also you have mentioned about the use of wide angle lenses in portrait shots. I think that would be rarely used, and if at all is used, probably would be for some kind of creative stuff. Am I Right?

  2. Sam says:

    Awesome photos and tips. TFS.

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