the point of a fisheye lense?

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  1. darkpbstar

    darkpbstar TPF Noob!

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    Hey, I was just wondering when a fisheye lense is useful? Is it just to make a different looking picture, for originality and uniqueness? Becasue I really don't like the look of the photos, and for like 800+ dollars or whatever, I don't get teh point. Sorry, I don't mean to bash anyone, I just need some insight I guess. thanks
     
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    The point of a fish-eye lens (no "e"!) is a very distorted image. Some people think that is funny. Other people think it isn't.
     
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    they're also wide
     
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    Insta-art. Couple that with B&W, then you're gold.
     
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    There is also software that with correct the fish-eye effect (clipped corners/curved lines ect). Then you have a super wide angle picture that will capture all 4 walls ceiling and floor all at once and doesn't look nearly as distorted. YMMV.
     
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    A fish-eye lens like any other lens is a creative tool that you can (or cannot) use in whatever way fits your creative vision.
     
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    I can't stand fish-eye. Nikon had a nice 8mm fish eye at one time. I never had one and never want one. I'm not into arty-farty stuff.
     
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    I bought my setup to make money, and that I did. When the money dried up I threw it all in a box and let it sit. About a month ago I had a few moments to play with it. I was thinking about giving it away. Going through some of the work I did with it I found I liked the effect. I think with some development and practice I can develop a little niche art thing. Maybe make some more money- maybe not. It's not as easy as shooting and converting to B&W. Although I'm sure there are some assholes that think it is. Why do I do it?- Because I can. Not out to bash anyone, just providing some insight. You're welcome.

    & I spent considerably more than $800.
     
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    Well I personally feel for those of you that don't appreciate a good fisheye picture..
    I for one find them extraordinary..

    Take this for example (large picture)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/pilou/222271228/sizes/o/in/set-72157594218993594/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/pilou/287524963/sizes/o/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lamamademarco/2293549335/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniephung/346083197/

    http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=times square fisheye&w=all&s=int

    Ok well I could go on linking all night..
    Each to their own I guess.. but I don't go making posts about what I don't like.. ;)
     
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    Also fish eyes are used alot in skating pictures, to get the whole person in the shot. [​IMG]

    I didnt take this photo. Big mike or someone change this into a link it wont let me do it on the site i got it from. thanks
     
  12. WTF?

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    ^i was going to say the same thing
    if you look in any skate magazine you see that about 70% of the shots are taken with a fisheye.
     

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