Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Processing fisheye and wide-angle images, part of Foundations of Photography: Specialty Lenses.
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Of course, you choose to shoot fisheye and wide-angle lenses because you want a very wide field of view.…Very often, the problem with a really wide field of view is that there are going to be…light sources on the ends or in the edges of your image that are very distracting.…I like the flower here, I like all these lines on the background, but, boy, this whole big…bright white thing back here, it needs to come under control.…It's not always going to be a big backlighting situation like this.…Sometimes there might be a situation where there is simply a lamp or a light source over on one side.…The point is that when working with wide- angle lenses, you are very often going to face the…tonal problem of having to darken things.…
For the most part, editing a fisheye or a wide- angle lens is just like editing any other type of image.…But because they are so wide, and because you don't always have control of the light…sources in your field of view, you're often going to need to darken things.…So I want to talk about a few different ways of doing that.…
The course begins with a look at several common and inexpensive lens attachments, from polarizers to neutral density filters. The course then explores ultra-wide angle and fisheye lenses as well as ultra-long telephoto and macro lenses. The course concludes with a look at tilt-shift lenses, which are useful for architectural photography and special effects, and at offbeat lenses, such as Lensbaby and Holga attachments.
The course also contains Photoshop postproduction advice and examples that illustrate the creative possibilities that an expanded lens collection provides. And because some specialty lenses are extremely expensive, the course also contains advice on renting gear.