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A Lesson in Fisheye Lenses

By Chris Corradino on December 30, 2014


The New York Institute of Photography is the world’s leading online photography school, and because we are, we often publish fun and useful photography tips. Please enjoy!

The lens you choose is often more important than the camera you use.

Fisheye lenses are not something you'll use every day. Nevertheless, the results you can produce with them can be quite exquisite. With a focal length of about 8mm, a fisheye captures more of a scene than an ultra wide-angle lens. Images appear to be round, drastically altering what you see with the naked eye. Seemingly limited only by your imagination, these playful lenses are great fun to experiment with.

Whether you enjoy photographing landscapes, people, sports, or even animals, a fisheye is a terrific way to explore a completely different look. If you're interested in trying this without investing money in a new lens, consider renting one. Many camera stores offer special weekend rates.

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About the Author

Chris Corradino is the head of the photography mentor program at NYIP. Just like all of our mentors, he is also a professional photographer. See Chris’s lesson from last week for more.