You just went out and blew your hard-earned dough on a super-duper ultra-wide angle lens for your camera. Or your new AppleAndroidica Phone has a wide angle option. Now, what the heck do you do with it?
Wide angle images can be amazing. They are great for landscapes, large groups of people, and a host of other applications. But…”how do I keep the pictures from looking all crooked and distorted?”, you may ask. Here’s a couple of things you need to know:
- If you are shooting indoors, try to get your lens to the point halfway between the floor and the ceiling.
- As you look at your image through the view-finder or on your screen, try to get the walls at each end of the pictures to be straight vertically.
- Try to keep nearby images off of the bottom, top or ends of the image. They will be bent and stretched by the lens.
- Use a camera setting that gets everything in focus from about three feet in front of you to infinity (f 4.0 and higher should do the trick).
- If you use a image editing software like Photoshop, adjust the image using the Transform tool.
Now go out there and use that fancy new lens!