Get in close when shooting wide
Wide angle lenses are great for capture wide sweeping vistas, but often when used with people in the frame… the person gets squished down and almost becomes a secondary part of the image. Or even when shooting a landscape the foreground is overlooked while trying to capture the middle ground and background. Don’t forget that a lot of times the viewer’s eye loves something in the front area to act as a starting pointÂ to help the visual story begin, and this works really well when you get really close to a subject with a wide angle lens.
If we were to compare it to music, it would be like having a great melody or harmony line running through the song, but to really grab the listener, you want a great hook or bridge. (I am not a musician, so if I just murdered that analogy… I apologize to you all.) The point is, put something close up and the wide angle will pay off even more.
So just remember when using a wide angle… our tendency is to stay back and try to get everything in frame, when sometimes the best thing you can do is get in close to add to the drama.
Boy your topic today is great! I wish I had thought of this a few days ago. I was out with my new Sigma 10-20mm lens and taking some photo of our communities fountain and waterfalls. They turned out okay, but like you mentioned the waterfall and fountain were lost in wideness of the lens. A teachable moment!!
How did you keep your camera dry?
I brought a dry bag, and kept it in there when not shooting… almost lost it a couple of times…:D
Great tip. The real focus of the shot is definitely highlighted.
Pete, Nice tip. I’ll just have to take my wide angle out of the camera bag more often than just getting a wide landscape shot. Maybe a walk around town with it on the camera this weekend to experiment.