Hello Guest

Author Topic: Ultra Wide Angle Lens - How to Use It  (Read 3967 times)

Offline theqca

  • Hero
  • *
  • Posts: 2221
    • Framed For Life
Ultra Wide Angle Lens - How to Use It
« on: March 15, 2014, 10:09:17 AM »
How to Use an Ultra Wide Angle Lens

A number of photography articles and books get into too much of a theoretical discussion about photography instead of getting straight to the point. They?ll tell you how an Ultra wide angle lens is made and how it works along with graphs and all that jazz. They don?t really tell you how to use the UWA. I thought a write-up on how to use these lenses would help.

So now that you?ve got your hands on a UWA you are going to be tempted to take some photos and that?s when you are going to get a bit of a start - You?ve paid a good amount of money for this lens however the photos you take are nothing like those photos you saw on the internet.

Infact if you are not using a UWA correctly (and just using it like you would use ur "kit" lens) and if you?ve still managed to get some good photos - its more to do with God being on your side rather than skill and technique.


Test and Learn your new UWA

Shoot indoors and learn to use this tilt / distortion that this lens gives. 











Horizon placement

Move the horizon off centre and then tilt your camera ? don?t hold it in level with the ground. Move it up and down and see how the lines / foreground object move or tilt and the effect this has on your composition.













Look for Lines

The photo needs some ?lines? which will help the composition. Learn to see these lines and include them in your frame




















Portraits?
Can you shoot portraits with UWA?s ? Yes.
For further details on how to shoot portraits with a UWA and make people look like there's something wrong with them, contact Brendon.
 
« Last Edit: June 28, 2017, 04:06:07 PM by theqca »
Nikon FM(black), Nikon FG, Nikon D700, Nikon FM(silver), Nikon FM10, Pentax Spotmatic, Zenith TTL, Minox Wetzlar, Agfa Optima III, Yashica & Rollei rangefinders etc

28mm 2.8, 70-300vr, 200mm f4, 50mm 1.4, 55mm 2.8 macro, 50mm 1.8, 16mm 2.8, 70-210 f4 macro, Lensbaby, Helios 44 f2, 90mm macro, etc

Offline theqca

  • Hero
  • *
  • Posts: 2221
    • Framed For Life
Re: Ultra Wide Angle Lens - How to Use It
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2014, 10:13:06 AM »

Feel free to add your own experiences on using a UWA as well as photos taken with a UWA to this thread...
Nikon FM(black), Nikon FG, Nikon D700, Nikon FM(silver), Nikon FM10, Pentax Spotmatic, Zenith TTL, Minox Wetzlar, Agfa Optima III, Yashica & Rollei rangefinders etc

28mm 2.8, 70-300vr, 200mm f4, 50mm 1.4, 55mm 2.8 macro, 50mm 1.8, 16mm 2.8, 70-210 f4 macro, Lensbaby, Helios 44 f2, 90mm macro, etc

Offline Hot Shoe

  • Hero
  • *
  • Posts: 1469
Re: Ultra Wide Angle Lens - How to Use It
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2014, 10:42:51 AM »
Thanks Ayaz.

All these tuts are adding value to the Forum.
Nikon D7000   /// Nikkor 35mm 1.8G  50mm 1.8D   55-300mm  // Tamron 17-50 f2.8  90mm f2.8 Macro  // Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6  /// Yongnuo 460 II  560 III  /// Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT // Rollei Pro BH611

Offline LightWave

  • Administrator
  • Hero
  • *
  • Posts: 898
Re: Ultra Wide Angle Lens - How to Use It
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2014, 01:12:02 PM »
Excellent. Without doubt one of the best tutorials on usage of UWA lenses.

Offline dashillol

  • Trusted Member
  • Hero
  • *
  • Posts: 2125
  • Learner by Choice
Re: Ultra Wide Angle Lens - How to Use It
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2014, 05:34:19 PM »
First of all, a clap for you Ayaz.  :like:

A nice write up. It is even more helpful for me as I have recently acquired one. :)
A Nikon lover with few glasses, Nikon and Yongnuo speedlights, Benro tripod with ball-head and a few Hoya/Nikon/Marumi/Griffin filters

Offline Digital_Reality

  • Trusted Member
  • Rookie
  • *
  • Posts: 33
Re: Ultra Wide Angle Lens - How to Use It
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2014, 09:19:33 PM »
Excellent Ayaz. Thanks for sharing your views. :like:

Offline Ramstrong

  • Hero
  • *
  • Posts: 1025
  • I'm Still Learning!
Re: Ultra Wide Angle Lens - How to Use It
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2014, 09:46:30 PM »
Excellent. Without doubt one of the best tutorials on usage of UWA lenses.

Yes. Agree with that. :)
NikonD810+D700+D7000+MB-D10&11+Some Nikon Glasses+Helios81N 50mmF2 Lens+Vanguard AP263AT+GH100+SB600+SB400+YN560II+YN560+YN622Nx2.

Canon EOS5D MkII+EOS650D+EF24-105mmF4 L Lens+EF40mmF2.8STM+Tammy SP70-300mmVC+Fujinon55mmF1.8 MF Lens+Nissin Di866Mk2Pro1+YN603Cx4.

Offline SharatKolke

  • Manic
  • *
  • Posts: 342
Re: Ultra Wide Angle Lens - How to Use It
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2014, 12:42:53 AM »
Very well written, Ayaz.  :like: :like:

Offline Fake ID

  • Trusted Member
  • Hero
  • *
  • Posts: 883
  • Photographers Club Of India
    • Photographers Club of India
Re: Ultra Wide Angle Lens - How to Use It
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2014, 04:51:35 PM »
Fantaboulous  :like:  :like:
Canon Gear 5D Mark III,Lens : 24-105 f/4 L IS USM, 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II USM, 16-35mm f/4 IS USM,Extender 2x III, Elinchrom 400 FXR, Speedlite 600 EX- RT,Continous Lights, Backdrops, monopad with Manfrotto MHXPRO3W X-PRO 3-Way Head etc.
Website: www.photographersclubofindia.com - (By Invitation Only)

Offline VikramF

  • Mentor
  • Manic
  • *
  • Posts: 344
Re: Ultra Wide Angle Lens - How to Use It
« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2014, 06:52:06 PM »
Very well written and covers a lot - infact there are a lot of sentences that convey a lot of experience with UWAs ... I'd suggest reading each line once again.
If I had to add more to it, I'd provide some examples of what NOT to do - that's the key. What NOT to do.

Quote
Foreground
Make sure that the photograph has something that acts as a foreground interest or anchor point. If you don?t have this in your photograph then your photo will look like a photograph that has a lot of ?nothing?. This foreground object could be rocks, flowers, shrubs, trees etc ? anything that catches your eye.
Quote

This bit of information along with the note on UWAs NOT being to "Get it all in the frame" is key.

What UWAs allow you to do is to to have a strong piece and foreground AND to provide a context to it.
To explain further: The UWA allows you to get very, very close to the key point of interest - this makes it appear very large in the frame while at the same time, as it's very wide, it allows you to place that key point of interest in context of the surrounding area.
So you get a foreground AND a background. There you have 2 out of 3 key parts to a landscape - you just need to find a strong middleground (often lines) that lead you from the foreground to the background.
Vikram Franklin
98864 (PM me for the rest - I get strange calls)

Check out my FaceBook Photopage @
https://www.facebook.com/Photography.by.Vikram.Franklin

Offline pratik

  • Rookie
  • *
  • Posts: 8
Re: Ultra Wide Angle Lens - How to Use It
« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2014, 02:39:34 PM »
Informative. Thanks for sharing.

Offline saiki

  • Trusted Member
  • Manic
  • *
  • Posts: 473
  • From Canon camp
Re: Ultra Wide Angle Lens - How to Use It
« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2014, 01:40:49 PM »
Excellent writeup Ayazbhai..... planning for a tokina 11-16....... surely all these tips will help me get few near decent ones  ::) .....
Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I?m going to take tomorrow. ? Imogen Cunningham

Offline prabeerp

  • Regular
  • *
  • Posts: 88
Re: Ultra Wide Angle Lens - How to Use It
« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2014, 12:24:10 PM »
Hey Ayaz!

Very valuable discourse, in the nick of time!! Just laid my hands on a 10-22 :D

Regards

Prabeer

Offline drgap

  • Trusted Member
  • Hero
  • *
  • Posts: 503
Re: Ultra Wide Angle Lens - How to Use It
« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2014, 11:11:09 PM »
nice info Ayaz, thanks a ton

what are ur view on manual ultrawide lens like Samyang or Rokinon, how to use those at its best

Offline theqca

  • Hero
  • *
  • Posts: 2221
    • Framed For Life
Re: Ultra Wide Angle Lens - How to Use It
« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2014, 07:02:13 PM »
Thanks guys...

@drgap - I've not used samyang or rokinon UWA's so cant comment. I've used manual Fisheye's and to be honest I dont find manual focus to be an issue..infact for most landscapes you dont really need to "focus" as leaving the lens at infinity focus usually works.

I'd suggest you compare the cost difference between a manual UWA and pit it against the options available from canon / nikon / sigma / tokina..if its not all that much of a difference then id suggest you stick to a lens that offers all electronic communication with the camera including focus and metering.

The choice of a UWA becomes a bit of a problem if you are using a full frame since the sigma 10-20 etc wont work....what camera body do you have?
Nikon FM(black), Nikon FG, Nikon D700, Nikon FM(silver), Nikon FM10, Pentax Spotmatic, Zenith TTL, Minox Wetzlar, Agfa Optima III, Yashica & Rollei rangefinders etc

28mm 2.8, 70-300vr, 200mm f4, 50mm 1.4, 55mm 2.8 macro, 50mm 1.8, 16mm 2.8, 70-210 f4 macro, Lensbaby, Helios 44 f2, 90mm macro, etc