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Why I am I so bad composing with wide angle lenses?

Started 2 months ago | Discussions thread
OP DMillier Forum Pro • Posts: 21,382
Spent a rainy day researching wide lens characteristics

And made a list:

  • Unwanted things outside subject of interest get included at edges causing distraction
  • Only subjects close to the lens render larger - further away items shrink
  • Tend to get a lot of unwanted foreground if not close enough to subject


  • Subjects close to lens exaggerated in size compared to mid-ground and background
  • Steep perspective to vanishing points as a result
  • Objects near edges and corners pulled out of shape
  • If camera tilted up or down, verticals lean inwards or outwards

How do people who are good with wide lenses, make use of these for effect/minimise the negatives?

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