Photo ideas: Capture powerful sports and dynamic portraits with a fisheye lens

Fisheye lenses offer an unusual wide angle of view that perfectly complements flash-lit action shots.

Manufacturers take wonderful care to make sure lenses will produce minimum distortion, so that straight strains in a scene can be captured straight in thephotograph. With fisheye lenses, however, they forego this method and alternatively cram as many stages of view as possible into the frame. The result is severe distortion, with curvature that receivesextrapronounced the furtherthings are from the centre of the frame.

The widest fisheyes can capture a 180-diploma view, butthose are the ‘circular’ kind that produce a circular picture surrounded by using black. The ‘diagonal’ fisheye lenses are less wide but produce a greaterpractical rectangular picture. The Nikon 10.5mm DX lens we used here gives a rectangular photograph and gives 180 stagesthroughout the diagonals of the frame.

A fisheye is a expert lens, and you wouldn’t need to apply it every day. But it is able to deliver images a dynamic experience that’s best for certain subjects, like sports. It’s also the form of look that will advantage from moody off-digicam flash. Here’s the way to get started…

Shoot unusual sports portraits

Find unusual angles

Find an unusual perspective to make the most of the fisheye effect. For our shot, we laid down on the ground and composed it in order that the course and rails are at the rims of the bodywhere in the curvature is maximum severe.

Get in close

It’s pleasantto use a fisheye lens definitelyclose to your issue. The minimal focusing distance on our Nikon 10.5mm is simply 3cm, so we had to wait till the motorcycle wheel passedsome inches from the lens earlier than firing the shutter.

Light with flash

A flash set to Manual at ¼ strength and fired by means of a wireless trigger lighting the difficulty from the side. You can see the burst in the top-left corner of the picture – a happy accident that shows the extreme perspective of view.

Exposure info

When using off-digicam flash, it’s usually satisfactoryto put your camera in Manual mode. We set 1/250 sec, ISO400. As the obviousdepth of subject with fisheyes is huge, even an aperture of f/5.6 offersclose to front-to-returned sharpness.

Which fisheye?

Broadly speakme there are two varieties of fisheye: those who produce a circular picture surrounded via black, and those that provide more picturehowevermuch lessarea of view. The Nikon 10.5mm f/2.8 lens used here’s a DX lens, so designed for crop-sensor cameras. Nikon’s 16mm fisheye may be a better option in case you use a full framedigital camera. A proper fisheye doesn’t come cheap, so it might be one to lease or borrow before you buy. If you’re on a tighter budget, there are alsodesirable third-birthday celebration options, just like the Sigma 10mm and Samyang 8mm.

When should I use a fisheye lens?

Curvy architecture

Fisheyes can are availableavailable for architectural shots, specially for scenes where the curvature adds somethinggreater to the composition. It is feasible to correct the distortion with software program like Photoshop, but we think the distortion is part of the charm.

Funny portraits

A fisheye is a lens to tug out of the kitbag in case youneed to attempt a funny portrait or puppy photo. Framing the head in close to the lens will provide you with an unusual, distorted angle of the problem. It’s additionallysuperb if you want to shoot video with yourdigital camera, as you cango for intense angles.

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