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Wide Angle Shots

Updated on November 10, 2011

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Robin Anderson Photography

One of my favorite ways to capture an image is with my wide angle lens. Most people do not even know that I am taking their picture, which keeps the results very natural.

My camera is a semi-professional 35mm SLR, not a full frame. The lens I am using has a range of 18mm - 135mm. I zoom all the way out to get the widest angle possible... 18mm.

With this particular lens, I can not set the distance on the lens itself. So, I have to focus on an estimated distance of about 6-7 feet, then I turn off my auto focus feature. This locks the distance.

Then, I set the f-stop to f22. This will give me the most depth of field - in other words you will get more in focus from the front (foreground) to the back (background) and everything in between in the picture.

Finally, I set the camera on or close to the ground and aim in the general direction of the subjects. I try to compose the shot with something in the foreground, middle ground and background.


To give you an idea of how unsuspecting the people were in this photo... that is my boyfriend in the background. We do a 365-day photo blog and even he didn't know I was taking the picture.

Give it a try, and have fun!!!


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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Thanks for the tips especially the F-stops. I love the puppies. The contest sounds like fun, only things is giving up the rights to my photos. Might be worth it though because the prize is great.

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      Robin Anderson 6 years ago from United States

      PeanutButterWine - I heard about the photo contest on here... pass it on :-)

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      PeanutButterWine 6 years ago from North Vancouver, B.C. Canada

      Loved the Hub was excited about your link for the Cannon photography Contest! I spent all afternoon finding my favorite pictures and submitted them all one by one and then the rules caught my eye (silly me) so I thought I would scan through them quickly, and lo' and behold, I found out all my photos are now their property and I can't even win the contest because I am not a resident of the UK or Switzerland ACK! Just an FYI should anyone else click on your Cannon contest Link this is NOT for Canadian or American citizens :( sadness....

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      PeanutButterWine 6 years ago from North Vancouver, B.C. Canada

      Love this, great tips! Can't wait to check out the photo contest (I use the cannon rebel:)