Fisheye fantastic! Use a fisheye lens for 'serious' landscape photography

Fisheye fantastic! Use a fisheye lens for 'serious' landscape photography
(Image credit: Peter Fenech)

Fisheye lenses are incredibly popular for in-camera special effects as they provide a unique style of image, unobtainable with any credibility using software-based technique. The fisheye effect can certainly be simulated using filters and distortion tools, but for a true fisheye perspective a dedicated lens is required. 

One of the issues with fisheyes, however, is their specificity; while fantastic for certain interior shots, the distorted edges are not well suited to portraiture or other scenes featuring straight edges. For this reason many photographers avoid investing in high grade optics, or find that they are unable to get enough use from these lenses to justify the outlay. 

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Peter Fenech

As the Editor for  Digital Photographer magazine, Peter is a specialist in camera tutorials and creative projects to help you get the most out of your camera, lens, tripod, filters, gimbal, lighting and other imaging equipment.

After cutting his teeth working in retail for camera specialists like Jessops, he has spent 11 years as a photography journalist and freelance writer – and he is a Getty Images-registered photographer, to boot.

No matter what you want to shoot, Peter can help you sharpen your skills and elevate your ability, whether it’s taking portraits, capturing landscapes, shooting architecture, creating macro and still life, photographing action… he can help you learn and improve.