Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with fisheye lenses, part of Foundations of Photography: Specialty Lenses.
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Earlier, you saw me shoot this house concert that we've set up here with a bunch of different lenses.…I was primarily working with my ultra-wide- angle lens, and I shot the first half of the show,…George Bilgere a poet, and Larry Gallagher, a singer-songwriter.…And I was focusing mostly on using my ultra-wide. At intermission I kind of stopped and reassessed…what I was doing and realized I was really looking forward to using the fisheye.…And I've done that now, and it's been very interesting.…I have a 15-mm fisheye and my ultra-wide is a 16-35.…It's only a 1 mm difference between the fisheye and the widest angle on my 16-35, but there's…more than just the focal length there.…
The ultra-wide-angle has some rectilinear correction that straightens outlines, and the fisheye doesn't.…And when you get into focal lengths that short, a single millimeter can make a big change in field of view.…So switching to this fisheye really changes what I'm seeing.…I get a much wider angle.…Now, in addition to the 15-mm fisheye, I also have an 8-15-mm zoom fisheye.…
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.