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Wide Angle is Cool… (Part 2)

September 29th, 2009 Posted in Photography

… if you use it correctly. In my previous blogpost I promised to tell you what wide angle lenses are good for. As you might remember I have the sigma 10-20mm lens.

So the first genre of photos where wide angle can be ‘cool’ is pretty well known: Portraits!

Sigma 10-20mm @10mm

These portraits are of course not the ones you will make of a CEO. But among friends these are pretty awesome. Animal portraits work also well.

Sheep 10mm
Sigma 10-20mm @10mm

Lets be honest. You wont be making this kind portraits all the time. The next use of wide angle is one which is more common for me. Churches. Churches are usually high and long, which makes it very difficult to get them in 1 frame. I love 10mm for the great FOV it gives me.

Sigma 10-20mm @ 10mm

This amazing church could have never given this result without wide angle. The great thing about 10mm is the FOV gets wider, so the church looks much longer. Gives a great perspective.

Another example:

Sigma 10-20mm @10mm

Warning! When making pictures of churches inside (and this actually counts for all buildings) you have to pay attention that you are exactly in the middle. If you aren’t in the middle of the building, the ‘distortion’ (because of the wide angle) will be not even. If you look at the image above, the benches are straight, the ceiling is straight, and the side walls are leaning to the front. Because this picture was made in the center, the distortion is even between both sides. If you will make the same picture not from the center, the distortion will become uneven and your shot will be pretty worthless.

Wide angle works very nice for buildings.but you should be very careful for distortion. The great thing about wide angle is the fact that you do not need to be far away to get the whole building in the frame.

Sigma 10-20mm @ 12mm
Sigma 10-20mm @10mm

This last image is a perfect example of ‘frame the whole building from up close’. There were still constructions going on, and there was a 2m high fence around it. I was standing by the fence, keeping the cam above it. I was standing about 10m from the building.

My last use for wide angle is… Panorama shots! *Wait!? In your last blog post you were telling they were not good for panorama!?!?* Yes. I did say that. And it still is true. But a wide angle is awesome in 1 kind of panorama. In my last blogpost I told you get way to much sky in wide angle shots. So when the sky IS the item you want to photograph, wide angle is an awesome solution!

Sigma 10-20mm @ 10mm
Sigma 10-20mm @10mm

Sunsets in city or beach are great in wide angle. I especially love the natural vignetting you get on wide angle. the sun lights the sky most where it went down, so because of the wide angle you get this vignette effect.

Let me know if you know some more great uses for wide angle which I did not cover. Personally I think I’ve got them all. I hope this was an interesting read.

  1. One Response to “Wide Angle is Cool… (Part 2)”

  2. By Unexpected on Sep 30, 2009

    Nice write-up Stefan :-) couldn’t agree more! Same stuff I use my Sigma 10-20mm for.

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