Rules/Tips/Tricks for Ultrawide Photography?

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Ichinichi
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Rules/Tips/Tricks for Ultrawide Photography?
Apr 2, 2013

Hi guys and gals!

We leave for our Bahamas trip in two weeks and I just realized that there may be nuances/practices that are unique to shooting with the SEL16F28+ECU1. So...what are they?

Any and all pointers appreciated! I will begin practicing this weekend and would like to have some techniques in mind before I go.

Thanks in advance!!

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Re: Rules/Tips/Tricks for Ultrawide Photography?
In reply to Ichinichi, Apr 2, 2013

First you have to be able to see wide angle views in your own eyes and brain: those that are trite, those that are nice, those that stun. You are the judge.

Then you just have to take them, over and over again. Make all the mistakes you are capable of. It is called 'education', and self-education here. You are the judge.

Finally, after a few months or years of trying you will know how to take wide angle shots that you and maybe others will like  - same process as with normal angle shots, or tele shots or sports shots or portraits: you are the learner and the judge on your progress.

Many here will tell you to always put some detail up front, so as to fill the stage ... other will tell you other blind rules. But again: You are the judge of your own art and the driver of your quest. Do not listen but be critical of your own work. You are the creator and judge of your art.

That are all the rules I know and live by. The rest are dry academic art corsets.

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In reply to uhligfd, Apr 2, 2013

Nicely said! May as well close this thread

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In reply to Ichinichi, Apr 2, 2013

Use the square grid on the LCD to help you keep things level.

If the horizon is exactly half way up the screen, verticals will be vertical. If not, they will converge or diverge.

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I wrote this a coupe of years ago as a guest blogger for a friend's blog...it might be useful:

http://stphoto.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/10-tips-on-using-a-wide-angle-lens/

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The best 10 tips I've ever seen. Thank you, Zackiedawg.

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zackiedawg wrote:

I wrote this a coupe of years ago as a guest blogger for a friend's blog...it might be useful:

http://stphoto.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/10-tips-on-using-a-wide-angle-lens/

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Justin
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A nice article with good examples, excellent !

Thank you, Justin !

Marc

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In reply to uhligfd, Apr 2, 2013

I love it! May I borrow that phrase from you and use it with abandon? 

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WoodWorks wrote:

I love it! May I borrow that phrase from you and use it with abandon? 

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Of course you can.

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In reply to Ichinichi, Apr 2, 2013

I guess I will come at this at a different angle...... the much maligned 16mm imo truly isn't all that bad if you stay with apertures f4 or smaller. This is also true when you use the wide angle adapters. I find myself shooting this setup on my 5 and 7 at apertures from f4-f8 most often and find 5.6 about the best IQ wise. I have shot smaller and diffraction is there but I don't find it too bad overall. Personally I like the combo and think you will be happy with it on your trip. Just don't expect edge to edge sharpness like say a CG45mm but no lens for any system gives that kind of performance in wide to ultra wide focal lengths either.

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zackiedawg wrote:

I wrote this a coupe of years ago as a guest blogger for a friend's blog...it might be useful:

http://stphoto.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/10-tips-on-using-a-wide-angle-lens/

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This is just awesome! Thank you so much for sharing These beautiful shots and very helpful advices!

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zackiedawg wrote:

I wrote this a coupe of years ago as a guest blogger for a friend's blog...it might be useful:

http://stphoto.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/10-tips-on-using-a-wide-angle-lens/

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Justin

Thanks for that - some really excellent shots and a number of really good tips that I hadn't considered.

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One thing i like to do is find a photographer whose work i enjoy and copy what they do. As in, look at a picture, and write down 3 things about it. This forces me to understand what is about this picture that I like. This in time makes me understand my own taste in images. I then do the same with the pictures I take, if there is one i really like, I try to understand why. Also, look at ugly pictures and write down why they dont work.

I dont have much experience with ultrawide lens, and the images are usually not my cup of tea. But i am sure you can find a lot of good photographers on this blog or at 500px.com or other blogs...

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Then... BREAK THE RULES!

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zackiedawg wrote:

I wrote this a coupe of years ago as a guest blogger for a friend's blog...it might be useful:

http://stphoto.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/10-tips-on-using-a-wide-angle-lens/

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Great article, nice job!

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Ichinichi wrote:

Hi guys and gals!

We leave for our Bahamas trip in two weeks and I just realized that there may be nuances/practices that are unique to shooting with the SEL16F28+ECU1. So...what are they?

Any and all pointers appreciated! I will begin practicing this weekend and would like to have some techniques in mind before I go.

Thanks in advance!!

Forget everything you learnt about composition, UWA is best when you just have fun with it, experiment experiment experiment is the name of the game, spend a day with just the UWA on the camera before your trip, and try shooting things in ways you wouldn't normally shoot them.

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I took a course years ago where the instructor said that pros step up with a wide angle lens and step back with a long lens. That has always stuck with me...

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zackiedawg wrote:

I wrote this a coupe of years ago as a guest blogger for a friend's blog...it might be useful:

http://stphoto.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/10-tips-on-using-a-wide-angle-lens/

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Very nicely done, Justin!

Steve

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Question:  For wide angle shots taken with something in the forground and lots of background, what apature is generally used for evertyhing to be in focus?

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zackiedawg wrote:

I wrote this a coupe of years ago as a guest blogger for a friend's blog...it might be useful:

http://stphoto.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/10-tips-on-using-a-wide-angle-lens/

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Justin
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Just wanted to say thanks, I actually found your tutorial a month or so ago when I got my SEL1018..

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