Basic Tips On Shooting Architecture With A Fisheye

Words : Moment

When you think "fisheye lens," you probably think of action sports and video, but did you know that our Superfish is also a great tool for architectural photography? Churches, museums, concert venues, and even small spaces like car interiors can be transformed by using an extremely wide angle lens.

Here are some tips for shooting architecture with your Moment Superfish lens:




Cityscapes


Given how wide this lens is, you can actually be much closer to your subject and still be able to capture all of it’s surroundings. In urban environments experiment using people, taxi’s, trains, or boats as your subject while framing them within buildings, streets or other structures.

Don’t forget to incorporate great lighting throughout the scene you are trying to capture. If the focal point of your photo is illuminated but the rest of your scene is cast into shadows, you may want to reposition yourself to bring out more details. My favorite time of day to utilize the sun’s natural light is early mornings or later in the day before sunset (golden hour).  If you don’t have much sunlight to work with, look for other sources such as street lights or lamps.

- Neal Kumar

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INDOOR ARCHITECTURE


Using the Superfish for interiors really shows off the capabilities of this lens. You can capture just about everything within the space in one single photo. One thing I recommend is shooting from a low or side angle. Not only does it give different perspectives but, if you are shooting inside of churches or other structures where the ceiling has a lot of detail or light shining through, you also get to retain those details where they would otherwise get cropped out of the frame.

- Erica Simas

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REALLY BIG LANDSCAPES


The Superfish is a fantastic lens to use when you’re in a place that feels bigger than life. Bring it along for hikes, flights, and to buildings and spaces that make you feel small, to truly capture the space around you. When photographing someone or something close up, try to keep your subject in the center of the frame for minimal distortion. This will ensure the subject is tack sharp and their form will look as natural as possible.

– Victoria Wright


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GET CLOSER


Incorporate people into your photos! The fisheye captures a lot of details so everything in your frame will look slightly smaller or more distant. Adding people just gives you this unique perspective and really emphasizes the space and how much you’re able to get in your frame.

Things will look more distant – so get closer! Spaces that have beautiful symmetry or tall surroundings (outdoors and indoors) are the best for this. Just make sure to get closer when everything feels much further away.

– Vincent Carabeo

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