I got a new wide angle lens/phone/camera. Now what.

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:

  1. If you are shooting indoors, try to get your lens to the point halfway between the floor and the ceiling.
  2. 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.
  3. Try to keep nearby images off of the bottom, top or ends of the image. They will be bent and stretched by the lens.
  4. 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).
  5. 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!