- Choosing your perfect beginner wide-angle lens
There’s a lot to consider when choosing a new lens – It can be quite daunting especially if you are new to the photography scene evaluating between the many lenses to choose from. Here are some tips on picking your perfect beginner wide angle lens.
E.g., EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
EF-M - Mount system
11-22mm - Focal length
f/4-5.6 - Aperture
IS - Stabilization
STM - Motor type
Wide angle lenses allow photographers to capture a wider perspective and is a crowd favourite by videographers to create a wide cinematic view. In certain scenarios, you may find with a standard lens it’s often difficult to fit everything into your frame, especially if you’re in a constrained space. Wide angle lenses allow you to capture more of the scene in your image, making these types of lenses suitable for architecture, large crowds and landscape to give a ‘wow’ perspective on the scenery.
A wide-angle lens has two main purposes:
1. To fit your subject into your frame – think vast landscapes, tall buildings, or interior shots
2. get your viewer into your shot i.e., Sports action, documentary.
Fun Fact: It also allows you to emphasize foreground elements in your shot, and to distort perspective to tell a powerful story.
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Here are some videos to give you a bit of an insight to a wide-angle lens!
Canon Photographer Jay Collier has been working as a wildlife photographer in Africa since 2004. In this insightful guide Jay shares his favourite photography locations in Madagascar, along with advice on how to master the art of wildlife photography. Learn all about the 'Great Red Island' and its abundance of rare and beautifully bizarre wildlife.
Originally from Hong Kong, Elaine Li is an experienced travel photographer and Instagram sensation based in sunny Sydney. She is immensely passionate about travel and exposing herself to new cultures around the world – always with her camera in hand. Here Elaine shares her favourite photography locations in Helsinki and Lapland. From snow-white fields to ethereal pine forests, Finland sure has a lot to offer.
Mike Langford, travel photographer, book producer, landscape photographer, educator and awards judge, shares his story.