Wide Angle

March 02, 2018  •  10 Comments

Using what's called a wide angle lens for pet photography can result in some really cute and interesting images. Traditionally wide angle lenses are used in landscape photography to aid in getting a view that is much wider than what the average eye can see. A wide angle lens can capture what is often on the periphery of our vision. The problem with these lenses is they sometimes introduce distortion into an image. Or as I like to call it: the bobble head effect.  

Objects that are closer to the camera can sometime appear to be larger than everything else in the photograph, sometimes disturbingly so, but it's really a fun effect. 

Here are some examples:  

In these first two, the paw/legs closest to the camera looks alarmingly huge. Their legs appear way too long or too big for the dog's body.

In this one, the dog's head just seems way too big for the rest of his body. 

 

To see what other pet photographers have written about wide angle shooting, head on over to see the post from photographer Danyel Rogers of Wag to My Heart servicing the Portland Metro area of Oregon. 

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Comments

Linda Perdue(non-registered)
Great examples! I love how you are showing the effects of a wide angle in your photos.
SamAdele(non-registered)
These are great - I love the paw/leg distortion!
Jessica(non-registered)
I love that dog on a rock shot! That one works perfectly for wide angle!
Lynda(non-registered)
Nice photos. I like the big paws, they double as leading lines.
Tim Evans(non-registered)
Great examples of distortion from wide angle lenses.
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