May 19, 2017

Moment Wide Lens: 5 Ways To Take Better Mobile Photos

Words : Erica Simas
Photos : SuJung Choi , comewhatjune_ , Julia Manchik , Jessie Barber , Samuel Couto

Our Moment Wide Lens is our most versatile lens and can be used for all kinds of photographic situations. It’s our most popular piece of glass and with good reason. You can accomplish a lot with a wide focal length.

Customers ask all the time, “Which lens is best for me?” While the answer obviously depends on what you like to shoot, we’ve seen that most people choose the Wide for their first lens.

But even after it arrives and they’ve watched our Getting Started content, some still ask, “Now what?” So, instead of Googling a ton of articles and Youtube videos, check out how some of our #MomentWide contributors use their lenses:


#1 - Play with framing

“As a wide angle lens gives me more to play with, I’m always on the lookout for intriguing leading lines to better guide the viewer’s eye; I also try to use the environment to my advantage, watching out for interesting framing opportunities that will take my composition to the next level.”

@samuelcouto




#2 - Great for Selfies

“The Wide Lens makes selfies so much easier because you don’t have to fully extend your arm, which makes your body look awkward. Just be sure not to place anyone’s head close to the edge of your frame, or it will appear big and distorted.”

Juliamanchik




#3 - Shoot from above

“The Wide Lens not only captures great landscapes but also tight spaces. I use it for tons of different perspectives, but I really love how much I can capture within the frame from a short distance, so I use it to shoot things from above all the time. Being able to capture a bed of flowers, a table full of sweets, or a narrow staircase helps me photograph different perspectives in typical places.”

Minipennyblog





#4 - Play with new angles

“In general, whether it’s architecture or landscape, portrait, look up, look down shots, etc, taking a photo really challenges me to think about the angles. Where should I stand? How about sitting down and taking a shot? Should I lie down to get a better perspective? Kneel? These questions are important because someone who is standing in a different spot will always have a different perspective because of the angles. Personally, I also love photo subjects that are symmetrical, so in relation to architecture or look up shots, the Wide Lens is great.”

Comewhatjune_





#5 - Turn your phone upside down

“To capture its bright light in contrast to red tables and chairs, I actually turned my phone upside down, keeping my lens close to the ground at a very low angle. I believe lower angles gives an unusual aspect of scene, along with the wider focal length, and accentuates a feeling of being immersed into reflection more. One hand holding umbrella, another holding my phone, I even let rain droplets fall on my lens, which offered another unintentional element to the image.”

sujung.choi




Give some of these tips a try, and who knows, you may come up with your very own! Don’t forget to tag #ShotOnMoment and #MomentWide on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. You could be featured next!


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