How to capture wide-angle shots.

Learn more about wide-angle photography and tips to capturing epic wide-angle shots.

Wide-angle photography is a technique you can use to invite your viewer into a full scene. It offers a greater horizontal plane and greater depth of field than traditional photos and is most often used in landscape, architecture, and street photography to create dramatic effects.

Let’s talk more about capturing wide-angle shots and tips for incorporating them into your photography.

How can I shoot dramatic, wide-angle shots?

Wide-angle shots come down to your choice of lens. Since these photos are meant to show the entire object or subject and their relation to what surrounds them, this means working with a substantially smaller focal length than your normal lens. You’ll want to aim for a lens with a focal length equivalent to 35mm or less on a full-frame camera.

4 Tips for shooting wide-angle shots.

If you’re new to shooting wide-angle shots, the technique can be tricky at first. Here are some helpful tips to get started:

  1. Create an interesting foreground. Wide angles are great for capturing landscape photography, but photos can be boring with too much “empty space.” An exciting foreground detail provides a focal point.
  2. Notice distortion. Tilting the camera up or down can cause line distortions in your images. Keep your camera level with the horizon to create clean, straight lines.
  3. Beware of corners. Wide-angle lenses distort image corners, so make sure to keep people and objects out of the photo corners to avoid noticeable distortion.
  4. Pay attention to leading lines. Since wide-angle lenses can capture a lot of action within one image, try using leading lines to draw the viewer to a subject or area within the photo.

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