How to Use Ultra-Wide Lenses

Ultrawide lenses are the most difficult lenses to use well. Ultrawides are not for “getting it all in.” Ultrawides are for getting yourself, and therefore the viewer, right smack into the middle of something. Ultrawides are for putting next to the muzzle of Dirty Harry’s revolver to put it in your face. If you can’t or won’t get close, leave the ultrawide at home.

Ultrawides rub the viewer’s nose in your subject. Properly used, ultrawides grab your viewer and yank him into the middle of your situation.

Ultrawide lenses are for getting close and bringing the viewer into the photo, not for fitting a subject into a photo.

Ultrawides are not for the faint of heart.

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