Sunday, 11 December 2011

Trying Out the Fisheye Setting on My New Camera

In November, I bought a new camera, a Canon PowerShot SX30 IS.

I am still learning how to use it and want to take a course. One of the settings my camera is a fisheye. The main subject shows correctly but the area around it distorts and bends inward. Yesterday I thought it would be fun to give it a try. Above is the first picture I took with it.

"Originally used for meteorology to study the sky and cloud formations, fisheye’s were originally called “whole-sky lenses.” These lenses quickly became popular in the general photography field because of their fun and unique uses, and of course their incredibly distorted lines. They can be used for many different purposes, both professional and for fun (but mostly for fun"

I tried to use the Christmas tree as the focal point here. Notice how landscape uses the effect much better than portrait.
Here I try focusing on the chimney.

Finally I have always liked the peak on this building, so used it to centre the shot.

There are lots of settings to learn about. Not only do I want to know how to use a setting, but more importantly when to use the setting.