Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1395 (1:10:08)

Chris Marquardt

Chris is here to talk about wide angle photography. Using a wide angle lens is challenging because it can often disappoint the photographer. A wide angle lens is below 50mm. The smaller the MM, the wider the angle. The wider it is, the more stuff you have in the picture and that means more things that compete with each other. The reason why is that wide angle isn't how we as people see the world, so it's hard to compose. But that's a good thing because it forces you to work on your composition, rather than take it for granted. Wide angle also forces you to get close because the wider the angle the smaller things get. Another challenge is that wide angle provides more contrast, which can compete with the image. Wide angle can also cause distortion. People end up with larger noses in wide angle, so you have to watch out for that. You may need to dial back the focal length and go with something not as wide. Wide angle also distorts at the edges, making it stretched out and distorted.

Don't forget our current assignment: "Take." Take a photo of, about or otherwise concerning the concept of "Take" and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "Take" as well! If Chris likes it, it could end up on next month's photo contest review segment!