Mitzi Ilagan | Fotograpiya
Any plans of taking your photography gaming to the next level? Well, aside from the filters and photo editing techniques, you could try to go for fisheye photography.
It may look all fun, but taking fisheye photos would surely give you a whole new perspective in photography. Fisheye was a term coined in 1906 by American physicist and inventor Robert W. Wood from how a fish would view the world from the water. The fisheye lens, which is wide angled, creates a wide panorama that distorts lines and appearances of the subjects. The term “distort” may scare you because it may seem that it would reduce the beauty and essence of the photo, but with fisheye lens, you may even see interesting shapes, scenes and perspectives which you won’t see with other lenses or filters. Here are ways to try using this today:
- Point at round or curved shapes
Fisheye lens makes straight lines curve. And when you shoot at curve lines, it will emphasize the shape more. Trying the lens on tubes, spherical architectures and landscapes will make it work well.
- See the horizon
Shooting at horizons using fisheye lens will create a round image of the Earth, making it more interesting and creative. It may look exaggerated (depending on the specifications of the lens), but it’s something that the viewer may consider as breathtaking.
- Shoot up or down
Give your viewers a worm’s eye view or something taken from below upwards and see that you would get curved shapes, with emphasis to the subjects on the edge. It would make the sky seem like it’s bending towards you. On the other hand, tilting it downwards to the ground would make it look like a smaller place or scenery.
- Consider the straight lines
Barrel distortion usually happens when using fisheye lens. When the subjects have straight lines (usually vertical) and are near the camera, they tend to bulge outwards and move away from the center. But really, this one’s a great way of showing and emphasizing the photo’s elements.
One may feel skeptical about using this kind of lens because most professional photographers do not commonly use this, and that some others just use it for fun and creative shots, but it will surely give you a lot of possibilities and perspectives as you point and shoot. It could also capture a wide area which can be useful if you want a lot of elements in one photo. If you merely want a wide-angled shot without having the elements distorted, you have to remember to point at the horizon and align it in the middle of the frame.
Known camera brands such as Nikon and Canon offer separate fisheye lens that you could buy. Sigma, Tokina, and Tamron are also available in the market as cheaper alternatives Also, GoPro cameras feature wide-angled photos and videos in fisheye that you could use.