After all these years, I think I’m finally getting the hang of wide-angle lenses.
Getting your wide-angle lens close to a foreground subject gives the subject terrific, frame-filling impact – without eliminating context. Getting low is not an end in itself, but a way to keep the camera level, which prevents the lens from severely distorting perspective.
On Sunday, I’ll be photographing an event in a crowded restaurant. For the musicians, I’ll probably use a medium telephoto lens, wide open, to separate them from background distractions. But for candid shots around the crowd, I’m going wide, low, and close! Look for the results next week.