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Circular Fisheye Photography

How do you get the most out of Circular Fisheye Photography? Alain Briot shares some invaluable advice based on his extensive experience using the Canon 8-15mm f/1.4

Last year I wrote an essay about the Canon 8-15mm f/1.4 fisheye, which was a first look at the possibilities offered by this lens. I have now worked with it for more than a year and, over this span of time, I have had many opportunities to explore the compositional possibilities it can offer.

As with many things in photography, and in art, discovering the possibilities offered by a tool is essentially a matter of using it intensely. By using this lens on every shoot since I purchased it, I was able to start creating images that make better use of the possibilities that it offers. These possibilities, which are obviously rooted in the unique perspective distortions created by the lens, can be divided in two main categories:
• Circular compositions using the lens at the 8mm on a full frame 35mm camera.
• Non-circular compositions using the lens at the 12-15mm on a full frame 35mm camera.

While I create images from both categories with this lens, I will primarily discuss...

Read this and many more articles in High Definition inside Issue 57 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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Alain Briot creates fine art photographs, teaches workshops and offers DVD tutorials. Alain’s three books are available as printed books on Amazon.com and as eBooks on his website.

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