Fish­eye fun

Take a bizarre bug’s-eye-view por­trait with a fish­eye lens

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Have fun shoot­ing a por­trait from an in­sect’s ground-level per­spec­tive

Fisheyes are of­ten used for ar­chi­tec­tural shots, but they’re also fan­tas­tic for cre­at­ing unique por­traits. These ul­tra-wide-an­gle lenses take in a lot more of the sur­round­ings than a nor­mal lens, but can also dis­tort sub­jects. We’re go­ing to show you how to em­brace the warped look for bizarre por­traits.

We headed to the park to take a ‘bug’s-eye-view’ por­trait, with our model peer­ing down in won­der at a strange new dis­cov­ery in the un­der­growth. If you’ve got one to hand, a mag­ni­fy­ing glass is great for help­ing add an ‘ex­plorer’ feel to the shot.

When you’re us­ing a prime lens like ours, you’ll need to move your Nikon around in search of the per­fect an­gle and get re­ally close to your model’s face. The other key fac­tor is to make sure your sub­ject’s eye is pin-sharp.

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