Aperture tips for wide-angle lens photography.
Learn how to take powerful, unique photos with a wide-angle lens and the right aperture settings.
Wide-angle lenses certainly come in handy and are a great resource for photographers of any skill level — but there are certain conditions under which they really shine, like shooting landscapes or snapping architecture.
If your subject is large and you can’t get too close, a wide-angle lens is your best friend. It’ll help you get a significant amount of space into a single frame while hanging on to as much quality as possible. To really take advantage of your wide-angle lens, check out these tips.
Different types of wide-angle lenses.
While there are several different kinds of wide-angle lenses, each one offers a unique effect and benefit. For example, you can choose:
- A Fisheye Lens to distort straight lines while giving them a circular effect
- A Rectilinear Lens to minimize distortion and keep lines fairly straight
- A Tilt-shift Lens to tilt the plane of focus (often used by professional photographers)
If you’re new to wide-angle lens photography, the rectilinear lens is a great place to start. Not only is this a fairly standard type of wide-angle lens, but it’s also easy to work with when it’s time to edit.
Narrow vs wide aperture with a wide-angle lens.
Adjust your camera’s aperture settings to achieve different effects with a wide-angle lens. Consider your subject and what you want for your final image. Try out these tips:
- For fashion or portraits, narrow your aperture for added detail.
- Widen your aperture for the coveted bokeh effect.
- In conditions with poor lighting, use a wide aperture setting.
Discover even more helpful photo tips and then, continue to play with images you’ve captured through your wide-angle lens by adjusting aperture with a photo editing app.
Take a moment to explore what more you can do with Adobe Lightroom today.