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Wide angle lens photography with Canon EOS 600D.

Wide angle lens photography with Canon EOS 600D.

This is a wide angle lens photography photo tutorial for Canon EOS 600D. Includes best wide angle lens for Canon EOS 600D, review, recommended camera settings.

What is wide angle photography?

Wide angle photography refers to pictures taken with a lens which has a focal length much smaller than that of a normal lens. In other words, more of the scene can be captured in the whole photo, often producing spectacular photos.

 

Wide angle photography is particularly useful for photographing landscapes, interiors or architecture where the photographer may not be able to move further away from the scene to capture the whole beauty of it.

 

Another extremely useful aspect of wide angle photography is the fact that one can use this technique in order to emphasise the difference in both size and/or distance between object which lie in the foreground as opposed to those in the background. The foreground object will appear larger whilst those in the background appear very far away, and because of this, images will appear not only wider, but also very beautifully unique.

 

Canon EF 14mm f2.8L II Lens example - Photo credit Lumoi
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II lens example – Photo credit Lumoi

 

 

What do I need in order to do wide angle photography?

 

Camera – DSLR

A DSLR camera is not only perfect for wide angle photography, but a range of other versatile and exciting photography techniques. If you are reading this article, you are surely interested in photography, and if you have a DSLR – the world is your oyster. A DSLR offers lens versatility, allowing you to capture objects very close up (macro photography), action or sports photos, long exposure photos and much much more. DSLR cameras also offer better autofocus and manual focus, better image quality, and a much faster power up and response time. Additionally a DSLR camera can last you a lifetime if correct care is taken. You won’t ever look back after buying a DSLR camera.

 

Photo of Canon EOS 600D

Canon EOS 600D - Photo Wikimedia
Canon EOS 600D – Photo Wikimedia

 

Technical specs for Canon EOS 600D

  • Sensor: APS-C CMOS 22.3 x 14.9 mm (1.6x conversion factor)
  • Max resolution: 18.0 megapixels)
  • Lens system: EF, EF-S (Interchangeable)
  • Shutter system: Focal-plane shutter
  • Shutter speed: 30 to 1/4000 s
  • ISO range: 100 – 6400 (expandable to 12800)
  • Weight: 560 grams (body only)


 

Read more about the Canon EOS 600D via the link below:

– Canon EOS 600D (European EOS Rebel T3i) 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

 

 

 

A Canon wide angle lens

One of the best additional lenses you can have in your kit, producing brilliant photos in many different circumstances, namely when shooting landscapes, sports, architecture, portraits and a great deal more. Just by studying the impressive pictures in this article will give you a glimpse into the impressive photos you can take with a wide angle lens.

 

Our recommendation: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra-Wide Angle Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras

 

Read on to find out more about the types of wide angle lens available for Canon.

 

A good quality tripod

A tripod is especially useful in all types of photography, so it is always worth investing in a well made sturdy, and easy to use tripod. Believe me, ease of use is important. If every time you want to adjust the position of your camera, you have unscrew bits here and there, it can be extremely frustrating. The manfrotto tripod is one of the best you can buy, and the only one you will need to buy your whole life.

 

You’ll need to use a tripod when shooting low light, timelapse and sports photography, each of which is even more spectacular with a wide angle lens.

 

Read more here: Ravelli APGL4 New Professional 70″ Tripod with Adjustable Pistol Grip Head and Heavy Duty Carry Bag

 

A Remote Control timer for Canon EOS 600D

This smart timer allows you to really master photography. It allows you to take photos without even touching your camera. You may be wondering why you wouldn’t touch your camera in order to take a picture. Well, here’s why:
– In timelapse photography for example, you can programme this timer to take photos at any interval you wish (for example every 15 seconds, or every 50 seconds). You can also do a timelapse at night, in which case you can programme your timer to take an exposure for 45 seconds, with a 15 second interval after each exposure.
In long exposure photography – you’ll need this timer to in order to take an exposure longer than 30 seconds, as your camera can usually only do a 30 second exposure, without a remote-timer. With a remote timer, you could have take a photo with an exposure time of 8hours, 24 hours even!

 

Read more here: Aputure Timer for Canon

 

In HDR photography – you will need to take 3 photos with different exposure, without moving your camera. This can be tricky, but with the remote timer, you can programme 3 different exposures, and automatically take them using the timer.

 

These techniques are even more impressive with a wide angle lens and there are many more uses for this timer, which will surely become your best friend, your side kick on your quest to become the best photographer you can be!

 

Landscape photo with Canon EF 14mm - Credit Planted5D
Landscape photo with Canon EF 14mm – Credit Planted5D

 

What does wide angle photography actually mean? The focal length explained.

There are a range of wide angle lenses available on the market. As discussed before, the wide angle lens allows you to fit a large area (a family portrait, building or landscape) into a small frame.

 

Wide angle lenses are ideal for those situations when you literally cannot step back further in order to fit more into your picture. Most basic lenses, for example the standard 18-55mm lens allows a focal length of 18. The focal length is simply a property of a lens expressed in millimeters.

 

The wider the angle of the lens, the smaller the focal length – the smaller the number, the wider the lens.

 

Telephoto zoom lenses always have a large focal length – such as 250mm or 300mm, in contrast to a wide angle lens where you would find a focal length of around 10-20mm.

 

The smaller number, demonstrating focal length, always comes first in the description of a lens, and this is how you can differentiate the wide angle capability of different lenses.

 

Lets look at some examples:

  • 18-55mm standard lens– has a focal length of 18, and this is it’s widest angle. The larger number represents it’s maximum focal length – It has the cability to zoom appoximately 3.05x – 18 times 3.05 equals 55.
  • 35-105mm lens– here the widest angle that can be achieved is 35mm. It has the capability to zoom 3x this amount – 35 x 3 equals 105mm.
  • Canon EF-S 10-22mm lens– is a good wide angle lens. It has a focal length of 10mm which is Perfect for capturing as much as possible into one frame.

 

There are different types of wide angle lenses available, and depending on how much of a wide angle effect you want, will depend on the type of wide angle lens that you buy. Below is a comparison of different types of wide angle lens with example pictures, so that you can make an informed choice before you buy.

 

Wide angle lens photography with Canon 500D - Photo credit K Cooper
Canon EF 14mm f2.8L II Lens example – Photo credit K Cooper

 

What wide angle lens should I buy for a Canon EOS 600D?

There are, as explained, different categories of wide angle lens available. Simply, you can find normal wide angle lenses, and ultra wide angle zoom lenses, each with their own unique properties.

 

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens

This lens has quite a substantial wide angle capacity, with a focal lenght of 10mm (remember – the smaller the number – the wider the angle). It could even be classed as ultra wide angle, and is perfect for all types of wide angle photography.

 

The image quality is superb, the lens is lightweight and portable, and the f/3.5 means this lens is exeptional for shooting in low light conditions.

 

The lens also has an internal focusing system driven by a ring-type USM drive offering extremely fast and near-silent autofocus operations.

 

Read more here: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLRs

 

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens Specifications:

  • Focal length: 10.22mm
  • Maximum aperture: 3.5
  • Focus adjustment: Automatic inner focusing system with USM
  • Closest focusing distance: 24cm
  • Zoom system: Rotating type lens
  • Filter size: 77mm
  • Dimensions: 8.4cm in diameter, 9.0cm long
  • Weight: 0.38kg

 

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Widen your perspective this EF 17-40mm lens which boasts great quality but for an affordable price, making it one of canons best selling lenses . It is optimal for both film and DSLR cameras.

It is classed as an ultra wide lens, depsite its small size and weight, and it will work on both full frame bodies and on a cropped body. The 4.0 aperture is constant, and the focusing is both quick and quiet. In addition, the lens has the ability to focus as Close as 0.28mm.

 

Read more here: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

 

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens Specifications:

  • Focal length: 17-40mm
  • Maximum aperture: 1:4
  • Diagonal angle of view: 104 to 57 degrees (at 30 feet)
  • Focus adjustment: Automatic inner focusing system with USM
  • Closest focusing distance: 28cm
  • Zoom system: Rotating type lens
  • Filter size: 77mm
  • Dimensions: 8.4cm in diameter, 9.7cm long
  • Weight: 0.5kg

 

Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra-Wide Angle Lens

 

This is Canon’s best and widest “ultra wide angle” lens, and is designed specifically for landscape and architectural photographers – although it is very diverse and can be used for many different types of photography.

 

Its primary advantage is that is offers ultra wide angle photographs to be taken without any distortion of a fisheye – providing spectacular results.It has a 114-degree diagonal angle of view and delivers extremely fast autofocus with significantly higher image quality – including the quality at the peripheral ends of the image.

 

Other features include optimal lens positioning, which prevents flaring (from the sun or other light Sources), as well as improved dust and water resistance (from rain). It is compatible with EOS digital SLR cameras, including cropped body designs.

 

With the highly superior image quality, you won’t look back after buying this lens, and if you treat it correctly, it will last you a lifetime.

 

Read more here: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra-Wide Angle Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras

 

Specifications for Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra-Wide Angle Lens

  • Focal length: 14mm
  • Maximum aperture: 2.8
  • Diagonal angle of view: 114 degrees
  • Focus adjustment: Automatic inner focusing system with USM
  • Closest focusing distance: 20cm
  • Zoom system: Rotating type lens
  • Dimensions: 8.0cm in diameter, 9.4cm long
  • Weight: 0.65kg

 

Example picture with Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM

 

Canon EF 14mm f2.8L II Lens example - Photo credit 35 Photo
Canon EF 14mm f2.8L II Lens example – Photo credit 35 Photo

 

 

What settings do I need for wide angle photography with a Canon EOS 600D?

 

A wide depth of field setting on your camera can help you achieve and even greater wide angle effect. The depth of field is controlled by the aperture of f-stop (f-number). The narrower the aperature (f ) the greater the depth of field.

 

If you are shooting in a relatively well lit area, then you can use a bigger f-stop, for a smaller aperture and can therefore achieve greater depth of field.

 

You will need to control the ISO settings too. If the aperture is too small, not enough light will be able to enter, and your picture will therefore appear darker. You will then need to increase the ISO if your picture is too dark, but increasing your ISO too much will result in “noise” – or a grainy resulting picture.

 

Generally for landscape photography, using a wide angle lens, it would be a good idea to start at a mid-range aperture, f-11 or above with a low ISO of about 100 or 200. Experiment with your photography, if the pictures are too dark, you either need to increase the aperture or increase the ISO.

 

If you are shooting low light landscape photography, then an ideal lens for you would be the Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra-Wide Angle Lens – (link above) – which as a low f-stop of 2.8, ensuring that a lot of light can enter your lens, allowing you to have the ISO setting as low as possible to prevent noise or agrainy low quality image.

 

How to do wide angle photography in low light?

It would be extremely useful to invest in 2 pieces of equipment when shooting low light photography in any situation.

 

1 – a remote control timer

This timer allows you to set off the shutter (or take a picture) without even touching the camera. The key to taking professional wide angle photos, especially in low light, is by keeping the camera still whilst taking photos. If you are doing a long exposure this becomes even more important, because even if your camera moves by 1mm, your picture will be ruined.

By using a timer, you can not only take the picture with the remote, but you programme the remote to take several exposures, a timelapse or even an exposure longer than 30 minutes. It is extremely versatile, and will allow you to progress much faster with your photography skills.

 

Read more here: Aputure Timer for Canon

 

2 – a tripod

As stated above, the importance of keeping your camera still during a low light exposure, if paramount. If you do not want to carry a full sized tripod around with you, there are travel sized tripods available.

 

Recommended tripod: Ravelli APGL4 New Professional 70″ Tripod (with Adjustable Pistol Grip Head and Heavy Duty Carry Bag)

 

You’ll also need a tripod and a remote timer for many other photography techniques, including HDR photography, timelapse and macro photography.

 

Article: Wide angle lens photography with Canon EOS 600D.

By: Alexander Van Dorph and Nicole Lisa Photography

Questions? Please register in our forum and ask them there.

 

Wide angle lens photography with Canon EOS 700D.

Wide angle lens photography with Canon EOS 700D.

This is a wide angle lens photography photo tutorial for Canon EOS 700D. Includes best wide angle lens for Canon EOS 700D, review, recommended camera settings.

What is wide angle photography?

Wide angle photography refers to pictures taken with a lens which has a focal length much smaller than that of a normal lens. In other words, more of the scene can be captured in the whole photo, often producing spectacular photos.

 

Wide angle photography is particularly useful for photographing landscapes, interiors or architecture where the photographer may not be able to move further away from the scene to capture the whole beauty of it.

 

Another extremely useful aspect of wide angle photography is the fact that one can use this technique in order to emphasise the difference in both size and/or distance between object which lie in the foreground as opposed to those in the background. The foreground object will appear larger whilst those in the background appear very far away, and because of this, images will appear not only wider, but also very beautifully unique.

 

Canon EF 14mm f2.8L II Lens example - Photo credit Lumoi
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II lens example – Photo credit Lumoi

 

 

What do I need in order to do wide angle photography?

 

Camera – DSLR

A DSLR camera is not only perfect for wide angle photography, but a range of other versatile and exciting photography techniques. If you are reading this article, you are surely interested in photography, and if you have a DSLR – the world is your oyster. A DSLR offers lens versatility, allowing you to capture objects very close up (macro photography), action or sports photos, long exposure photos and much much more. DSLR cameras also offer better autofocus and manual focus, better image quality, and a much faster power up and response time. Additionally a DSLR camera can last you a lifetime if correct care is taken. You won’t ever look back after buying a DSLR camera.

 

Photo of Canon EOS 700D

Canon EOS 700D (aka T5i) - Photo Wikimedia
Canon EOS 700D (aka T5i) – Photo Wikimedia

 

Technical specs for Canon EOS 700D

  • Sensor: APS-C CMOS 22.3 x 14.9 mm
  • Max resolution: 18.0 megapixels)
  • Lens system: EF, EF-S (Interchangeable)
  • Shutter system: Electronically controlled focal-plane shutter
  • Shutter speed: 30 to 1/4000 s
  • ISO range: 100 – 12800
  • Weight: 580 grams (body only)

 

 

Read more about the Canon EOS 700D via the link below:

– Canon EOS 700D Digital SLR Camera and 18-135mm EF-S IS STM Lens (Black)

 

 

 

A Canon wide angle lens

One of the best additional lenses you can have in your kit, producing brilliant photos in many different circumstances, namely when shooting landscapes, sports, architecture, portraits and a great deal more. Just by studying the impressive pictures in this article will give you a glimpse into the impressive photos you can take with a wide angle lens.

 

Our recommendation: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra-Wide Angle Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras

 

Read on to find out more about the types of wide angle lens available for Canon.

 

A good quality tripod

A tripod is especially useful in all types of photography, so it is always worth investing in a well made sturdy, and easy to use tripod. Believe me, ease of use is important. If every time you want to adjust the position of your camera, you have unscrew bits here and there, it can be extremely frustrating. The manfrotto tripod is one of the best you can buy, and the only one you will need to buy your whole life.

 

You’ll need to use a tripod when shooting low light, timelapse and sports photography, each of which is even more spectacular with a wide angle lens.

 

Read more here: Ravelli APGL4 New Professional 70″ Tripod with Adjustable Pistol Grip Head and Heavy Duty Carry Bag

 

A Remote Control timer for Canon EOS 700D

This smart timer allows you to really master photography. It allows you to take photos without even touching your camera. You may be wondering why you wouldn’t touch your camera in order to take a picture. Well, here’s why:
– In timelapse photography for example, you can programme this timer to take photos at any interval you wish (for example every 15 seconds, or every 50 seconds). You can also do a timelapse at night, in which case you can programme your timer to take an exposure for 45 seconds, with a 15 second interval after each exposure.
In long exposure photography – you’ll need this timer to in order to take an exposure longer than 30 seconds, as your camera can usually only do a 30 second exposure, without a remote-timer. With a remote timer, you could have take a photo with an exposure time of 8hours, 24 hours even!

 

Read more here: Aputure Timer for Canon

 

In HDR photography – you will need to take 3 photos with different exposure, without moving your camera. This can be tricky, but with the remote timer, you can programme 3 different exposures, and automatically take them using the timer.

 

These techniques are even more impressive with a wide angle lens and there are many more uses for this timer, which will surely become your best friend, your side kick on your quest to become the best photographer you can be!

 

Landscape photo with Canon EF 14mm - Credit Planted5D
Landscape photo with Canon EF 14mm – Credit Planted5D

 

What does wide angle photography actually mean? The focal length explained.

There are a range of wide angle lenses available on the market. As discussed before, the wide angle lens allows you to fit a large area (a family portrait, building or landscape) into a small frame.

 

Wide angle lenses are ideal for those situations when you literally cannot step back further in order to fit more into your picture. Most basic lenses, for example the standard 18-55mm lens allows a focal length of 18. The focal length is simply a property of a lens expressed in millimeters.

 

The wider the angle of the lens, the smaller the focal length – the smaller the number, the wider the lens.

 

Telephoto zoom lenses always have a large focal length – such as 250mm or 300mm, in contrast to a wide angle lens where you would find a focal length of around 10-20mm.

 

The smaller number, demonstrating focal length, always comes first in the description of a lens, and this is how you can differentiate the wide angle capability of different lenses.

 

Lets look at some examples:

  • 18-55mm standard lens– has a focal length of 18, and this is it’s widest angle. The larger number represents it’s maximum focal length – It has the cability to zoom appoximately 3.05x – 18 times 3.05 equals 55.
  • 35-105mm lens– here the widest angle that can be achieved is 35mm. It has the capability to zoom 3x this amount – 35 x 3 equals 105mm.
  • Canon EF-S 10-22mm lens– is a good wide angle lens. It has a focal length of 10mm which is Perfect for capturing as much as possible into one frame.

 

There are different types of wide angle lenses available, and depending on how much of a wide angle effect you want, will depend on the type of wide angle lens that you buy. Below is a comparison of different types of wide angle lens with example pictures, so that you can make an informed choice before you buy.

 

Wide angle lens photography with Canon 500D - Photo credit K Cooper
Canon EF 14mm f2.8L II Lens example – Photo credit K Cooper

 

What wide angle lens should I buy for a Canon EOS 700D?

There are, as explained, different categories of wide angle lens available. Simply, you can find normal wide angle lenses, and ultra wide angle zoom lenses, each with their own unique properties.

 

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens

This lens has quite a substantial wide angle capacity, with a focal lenght of 10mm (remember – the smaller the number – the wider the angle). It could even be classed as ultra wide angle, and is perfect for all types of wide angle photography.

 

The image quality is superb, the lens is lightweight and portable, and the f/3.5 means this lens is exeptional for shooting in low light conditions.

 

The lens also has an internal focusing system driven by a ring-type USM drive offering extremely fast and near-silent autofocus operations.

 

Read more here: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLRs

 

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens Specifications:

  • Focal length: 10.22mm
  • Maximum aperture: 3.5
  • Focus adjustment: Automatic inner focusing system with USM
  • Closest focusing distance: 24cm
  • Zoom system: Rotating type lens
  • Filter size: 77mm
  • Dimensions: 8.4cm in diameter, 9.0cm long
  • Weight: 0.38kg

 

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Widen your perspective this EF 17-40mm lens which boasts great quality but for an affordable price, making it one of canons best selling lenses . It is optimal for both film and DSLR cameras.

It is classed as an ultra wide lens, depsite its small size and weight, and it will work on both full frame bodies and on a cropped body. The 4.0 aperture is constant, and the focusing is both quick and quiet. In addition, the lens has the ability to focus as Close as 0.28mm.

 

Read more here: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

 

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens Specifications:

  • Focal length: 17-40mm
  • Maximum aperture: 1:4
  • Diagonal angle of view: 104 to 57 degrees (at 30 feet)
  • Focus adjustment: Automatic inner focusing system with USM
  • Closest focusing distance: 28cm
  • Zoom system: Rotating type lens
  • Filter size: 77mm
  • Dimensions: 8.4cm in diameter, 9.7cm long
  • Weight: 0.5kg

 

Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra-Wide Angle Lens

 

This is Canon’s best and widest “ultra wide angle” lens, and is designed specifically for landscape and architectural photographers – although it is very diverse and can be used for many different types of photography.

 

Its primary advantage is that is offers ultra wide angle photographs to be taken without any distortion of a fisheye – providing spectacular results.It has a 114-degree diagonal angle of view and delivers extremely fast autofocus with significantly higher image quality – including the quality at the peripheral ends of the image.

 

Other features include optimal lens positioning, which prevents flaring (from the sun or other light Sources), as well as improved dust and water resistance (from rain). It is compatible with EOS digital SLR cameras, including cropped body designs.

 

With the highly superior image quality, you won’t look back after buying this lens, and if you treat it correctly, it will last you a lifetime.

 

Read more here: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra-Wide Angle Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras

 

Specifications for Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra-Wide Angle Lens

  • Focal length: 14mm
  • Maximum aperture: 2.8
  • Diagonal angle of view: 114 degrees
  • Focus adjustment: Automatic inner focusing system with USM
  • Closest focusing distance: 20cm
  • Zoom system: Rotating type lens
  • Dimensions: 8.0cm in diameter, 9.4cm long
  • Weight: 0.65kg

 

Example picture with Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM

 

Canon EF 14mm f2.8L II Lens example - Photo credit 35 Photo
Canon EF 14mm f2.8L II Lens example – Photo credit 35 Photo

 

 

What settings do I need for wide angle photography with a Canon EOS 700D?

 

A wide depth of field setting on your camera can help you achieve and even greater wide angle effect. The depth of field is controlled by the aperture of f-stop (f-number). The narrower the aperature (f ) the greater the depth of field.

 

If you are shooting in a relatively well lit area, then you can use a bigger f-stop, for a smaller aperture and can therefore achieve greater depth of field.

 

You will need to control the ISO settings too. If the aperture is too small, not enough light will be able to enter, and your picture will therefore appear darker. You will then need to increase the ISO if your picture is too dark, but increasing your ISO too much will result in “noise” – or a grainy resulting picture.

 

Generally for landscape photography, using a wide angle lens, it would be a good idea to start at a mid-range aperture, f-11 or above with a low ISO of about 100 or 200. Experiment with your photography, if the pictures are too dark, you either need to increase the aperture or increase the ISO.

 

If you are shooting low light landscape photography, then an ideal lens for you would be the Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra-Wide Angle Lens – (link above) – which as a low f-stop of 2.8, ensuring that a lot of light can enter your lens, allowing you to have the ISO setting as low as possible to prevent noise or agrainy low quality image.

 

How to do wide angle photography in low light?

It would be extremely useful to invest in 2 pieces of equipment when shooting low light photography in any situation.

 

1 – a remote control timer

This timer allows you to set off the shutter (or take a picture) without even touching the camera. The key to taking professional wide angle photos, especially in low light, is by keeping the camera still whilst taking photos. If you are doing a long exposure this becomes even more important, because even if your camera moves by 1mm, your picture will be ruined.

By using a timer, you can not only take the picture with the remote, but you programme the remote to take several exposures, a timelapse or even an exposure longer than 30 minutes. It is extremely versatile, and will allow you to progress much faster with your photography skills.

 

Read more here: Aputure Timer for Canon

 

2 – a tripod

As stated above, the importance of keeping your camera still during a low light exposure, if paramount. If you do not want to carry a full sized tripod around with you, there are travel sized tripods available.

 

Recommended tripod: Ravelli APGL4 New Professional 70″ Tripod (with Adjustable Pistol Grip Head and Heavy Duty Carry Bag)

 

You’ll also need a tripod and a remote timer for many other photography techniques, including HDR photography, timelapse and macro photography.

 

Article: Wide angle lens photography with Canon EOS 700D.

By: Alexander Van Dorph and Nicole Lisa Photography

Questions? Please register in our forum and ask them there.

 

Wide angle lens photography with Canon EOS 7D.

Wide angle lens photography with Canon EOS 7D.

This is a wide angle lens photography photo tutorial for Canon EOS 7D. Includes best wide angle lens for Canon EOS 7D, review, recommended camera settings.

What is wide angle photography?

Wide angle photography refers to pictures taken with a lens which has a focal length much smaller than that of a normal lens. In other words, more of the scene can be captured in the whole photo, often producing spectacular photos.

 

Wide angle photography is particularly useful for photographing landscapes, interiors or architecture where the photographer may not be able to move further away from the scene to capture the whole beauty of it.

 

Another extremely useful aspect of wide angle photography is the fact that one can use this technique in order to emphasise the difference in both size and/or distance between object which lie in the foreground as opposed to those in the background. The foreground object will appear larger whilst those in the background appear very far away, and because of this, images will appear not only wider, but also very beautifully unique.

 

Canon EF 14mm f2.8L II Lens example - Photo credit Lumoi
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II lens example – Photo credit Lumoi

 

 

What do I need in order to do wide angle photography?

 

Camera – DSLR

A DSLR camera is not only perfect for wide angle photography, but a range of other versatile and exciting photography techniques. If you are reading this article, you are surely interested in photography, and if you have a DSLR – the world is your oyster. A DSLR offers lens versatility, allowing you to capture objects very close up (macro photography), action or sports photos, long exposure photos and much much more. DSLR cameras also offer better autofocus and manual focus, better image quality, and a much faster power up and response time. Additionally a DSLR camera can last you a lifetime if correct care is taken. You won’t ever look back after buying a DSLR camera.

 

Photo of Canon EOS 7D

Photo of Canon EOS 7D - Photo credit WIkimedia
Photo of Canon EOS 7D – Photo credit WIkimedia

 

Technical specs for Canon EOS 7D

  • Sensor: CMOS 22.3 x 14.9 mm
  • Max resolution: 5,184 x 3,456 (17.9 megapixels)
  • Lens system: EF, EF-S (Interchangeable)
  • Shutter system: Electronic focal-plane
  • Shutter speed: 30 to 1/8000 s
  • ISO range: 100 – 6400 (expansion up to 12800)
  • Weight: 820 grams (body only)

 

 

Read more about the Canon EOS 7D via the link below:

– Canon EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR Camera

 

 

 

A Canon wide angle lens

One of the best additional lenses you can have in your kit, producing brilliant photos in many different circumstances, namely when shooting landscapes, sports, architecture, portraits and a great deal more. Just by studying the impressive pictures in this article will give you a glimpse into the impressive photos you can take with a wide angle lens.

 

Our recommendation: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra-Wide Angle Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras

 

Read on to find out more about the types of wide angle lens available for Canon.

 

A good quality tripod

A tripod is especially useful in all types of photography, so it is always worth investing in a well made sturdy, and easy to use tripod. Believe me, ease of use is important. If every time you want to adjust the position of your camera, you have unscrew bits here and there, it can be extremely frustrating. The manfrotto tripod is one of the best you can buy, and the only one you will need to buy your whole life.

 

You’ll need to use a tripod when shooting low light, timelapse and sports photography, each of which is even more spectacular with a wide angle lens.

 

Read more here: Ravelli APGL4 New Professional 70″ Tripod with Adjustable Pistol Grip Head and Heavy Duty Carry Bag

 

A Remote Control timer for Canon EOS 7D

This smart timer allows you to really master photography. It allows you to take photos without even touching your camera. You may be wondering why you wouldn’t touch your camera in order to take a picture. Well, here’s why:
– In timelapse photography for example, you can programme this timer to take photos at any interval you wish (for example every 15 seconds, or every 50 seconds). You can also do a timelapse at night, in which case you can programme your timer to take an exposure for 45 seconds, with a 15 second interval after each exposure.
In long exposure photography – you’ll need this timer to in order to take an exposure longer than 30 seconds, as your camera can usually only do a 30 second exposure, without a remote-timer. With a remote timer, you could have take a photo with an exposure time of 8hours, 24 hours even!

 

Read more here: Aputure Timer for Canon

 

In HDR photography – you will need to take 3 photos with different exposure, without moving your camera. This can be tricky, but with the remote timer, you can programme 3 different exposures, and automatically take them using the timer.

 

These techniques are even more impressive with a wide angle lens and there are many more uses for this timer, which will surely become your best friend, your side kick on your quest to become the best photographer you can be!

 

Landscape photo with Canon EF 14mm - Credit Planted5D
Landscape photo with Canon EF 14mm – Credit Planted5D

 

What does wide angle photography actually mean? The focal length explained.

There are a range of wide angle lenses available on the market. As discussed before, the wide angle lens allows you to fit a large area (a family portrait, building or landscape) into a small frame.

 

Wide angle lenses are ideal for those situations when you literally cannot step back further in order to fit more into your picture. Most basic lenses, for example the standard 18-55mm lens allows a focal length of 18. The focal length is simply a property of a lens expressed in millimeters.

 

The wider the angle of the lens, the smaller the focal length – the smaller the number, the wider the lens.

 

Telephoto zoom lenses always have a large focal length – such as 250mm or 300mm, in contrast to a wide angle lens where you would find a focal length of around 10-20mm.

 

The smaller number, demonstrating focal length, always comes first in the description of a lens, and this is how you can differentiate the wide angle capability of different lenses.

 

Lets look at some examples:

  • 18-55mm standard lens– has a focal length of 18, and this is it’s widest angle. The larger number represents it’s maximum focal length – It has the cability to zoom appoximately 3.05x – 18 times 3.05 equals 55.
  • 35-105mm lens– here the widest angle that can be achieved is 35mm. It has the capability to zoom 3x this amount – 35 x 3 equals 105mm.
  • Canon EF-S 10-22mm lens– is a good wide angle lens. It has a focal length of 10mm which is Perfect for capturing as much as possible into one frame.

 

There are different types of wide angle lenses available, and depending on how much of a wide angle effect you want, will depend on the type of wide angle lens that you buy. Below is a comparison of different types of wide angle lens with example pictures, so that you can make an informed choice before you buy.

 

Wide angle lens photography with Canon 500D - Photo credit K Cooper
Canon EF 14mm f2.8L II Lens example – Photo credit K Cooper

 

What wide angle lens should I buy for a Canon EOS 7D?

There are, as explained, different categories of wide angle lens available. Simply, you can find normal wide angle lenses, and ultra wide angle zoom lenses, each with their own unique properties.

 

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens

This lens has quite a substantial wide angle capacity, with a focal lenght of 10mm (remember – the smaller the number – the wider the angle). It could even be classed as ultra wide angle, and is perfect for all types of wide angle photography.

 

The image quality is superb, the lens is lightweight and portable, and the f/3.5 means this lens is exeptional for shooting in low light conditions.

 

The lens also has an internal focusing system driven by a ring-type USM drive offering extremely fast and near-silent autofocus operations.

 

Read more here: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLRs

 

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens Specifications:

  • Focal length: 10.22mm
  • Maximum aperture: 3.5
  • Focus adjustment: Automatic inner focusing system with USM
  • Closest focusing distance: 24cm
  • Zoom system: Rotating type lens
  • Filter size: 77mm
  • Dimensions: 8.4cm in diameter, 9.0cm long
  • Weight: 0.38kg

 

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Widen your perspective this EF 17-40mm lens which boasts great quality but for an affordable price, making it one of canons best selling lenses . It is optimal for both film and DSLR cameras.

It is classed as an ultra wide lens, depsite its small size and weight, and it will work on both full frame bodies and on a cropped body. The 4.0 aperture is constant, and the focusing is both quick and quiet. In addition, the lens has the ability to focus as Close as 0.28mm.

 

Read more here: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

 

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens Specifications:

  • Focal length: 17-40mm
  • Maximum aperture: 1:4
  • Diagonal angle of view: 104 to 57 degrees (at 30 feet)
  • Focus adjustment: Automatic inner focusing system with USM
  • Closest focusing distance: 28cm
  • Zoom system: Rotating type lens
  • Filter size: 77mm
  • Dimensions: 8.4cm in diameter, 9.7cm long
  • Weight: 0.5kg

 

Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra-Wide Angle Lens

 

This is Canon’s best and widest “ultra wide angle” lens, and is designed specifically for landscape and architectural photographers – although it is very diverse and can be used for many different types of photography.

 

Its primary advantage is that is offers ultra wide angle photographs to be taken without any distortion of a fisheye – providing spectacular results.It has a 114-degree diagonal angle of view and delivers extremely fast autofocus with significantly higher image quality – including the quality at the peripheral ends of the image.

 

Other features include optimal lens positioning, which prevents flaring (from the sun or other light Sources), as well as improved dust and water resistance (from rain). It is compatible with EOS digital SLR cameras, including cropped body designs.

 

With the highly superior image quality, you won’t look back after buying this lens, and if you treat it correctly, it will last you a lifetime.

 

Read more here: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra-Wide Angle Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras

 

Specifications for Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra-Wide Angle Lens

  • Focal length: 14mm
  • Maximum aperture: 2.8
  • Diagonal angle of view: 114 degrees
  • Focus adjustment: Automatic inner focusing system with USM
  • Closest focusing distance: 20cm
  • Zoom system: Rotating type lens
  • Dimensions: 8.0cm in diameter, 9.4cm long
  • Weight: 0.65kg

 

Example picture with Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM

 

Canon EF 14mm f2.8L II Lens example - Photo credit 35 Photo
Canon EF 14mm f2.8L II Lens example – Photo credit 35 Photo

 

 

What settings do I need for wide angle photography with a Canon EOS 7D?

 

A wide depth of field setting on your camera can help you achieve and even greater wide angle effect. The depth of field is controlled by the aperture of f-stop (f-number). The narrower the aperature (f ) the greater the depth of field.

 

If you are shooting in a relatively well lit area, then you can use a bigger f-stop, for a smaller aperture and can therefore achieve greater depth of field.

 

You will need to control the ISO settings too. If the aperture is too small, not enough light will be able to enter, and your picture will therefore appear darker. You will then need to increase the ISO if your picture is too dark, but increasing your ISO too much will result in “noise” – or a grainy resulting picture.

 

Generally for landscape photography, using a wide angle lens, it would be a good idea to start at a mid-range aperture, f-11 or above with a low ISO of about 100 or 200. Experiment with your photography, if the pictures are too dark, you either need to increase the aperture or increase the ISO.

 

If you are shooting low light landscape photography, then an ideal lens for you would be the Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra-Wide Angle Lens – (link above) – which as a low f-stop of 2.8, ensuring that a lot of light can enter your lens, allowing you to have the ISO setting as low as possible to prevent noise or agrainy low quality image.

 

How to do wide angle photography in low light?

It would be extremely useful to invest in 2 pieces of equipment when shooting low light photography in any situation.

 

1 – a remote control timer

This timer allows you to set off the shutter (or take a picture) without even touching the camera. The key to taking professional wide angle photos, especially in low light, is by keeping the camera still whilst taking photos. If you are doing a long exposure this becomes even more important, because even if your camera moves by 1mm, your picture will be ruined.

By using a timer, you can not only take the picture with the remote, but you programme the remote to take several exposures, a timelapse or even an exposure longer than 30 minutes. It is extremely versatile, and will allow you to progress much faster with your photography skills.

 

Read more here: Aputure Timer for Canon

 

2 – a tripod

As stated above, the importance of keeping your camera still during a low light exposure, if paramount. If you do not want to carry a full sized tripod around with you, there are travel sized tripods available.

 

Recommended tripod: Ravelli APGL4 New Professional 70″ Tripod (with Adjustable Pistol Grip Head and Heavy Duty Carry Bag)

 

You’ll also need a tripod and a remote timer for many other photography techniques, including HDR photography, timelapse and macro photography.

 

Article: Wide angle lens photography with Canon EOS 7D.

By: Alexander Van Dorph and Nicole Lisa Photography

Questions? Please register in our forum and ask them there.

 

Wide angle lens photography with Canon 500D.

Wide angle lens photography with Canon 500D.

This is a wide angle lens photography photo tutorial for Canon 500D. Includes best wide angle lens for Canon 500D, review, recommended camera settings.

What is wide angle photography?

Wide angle photography refers to pictures taken with a lens which has a focal length much smaller than that of a normal lens. In other words, more of the scene can be captured in the whole photo, often producing spectacular photos.

 

Wide angle photography is particularly useful for photographing landscapes, interiors or architecture where the photographer may not be able to move further away from the scene to capture the whole beauty of it.

 

Another extremely useful aspect of wide angle photography is the fact that one can use this technique in order to emphasise the difference in both size and/or distance between object which lie in the foreground as opposed to those in the background. The foreground object will appear larger whilst those in the background appear very far away, and because of this, images will appear not only wider, but also very beautifully unique.

 

Canon EF 14mm f2.8L II Lens example - Photo credit Lumoi
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II lens example – Photo credit Lumoi

 

 

What do I need in order to do wide angle photography?

 

Camera – DSLR

A DSLR camera is not only perfect for wide angle photography, but a range of other versatile and exciting photography techniques. If you are reading this article, you are surely interested in photography, and if you have a DSLR – the world is your oyster. A DSLR offers lens versatility, allowing you to capture objects very close up (macro photography), action or sports photos, long exposure photos and much much more. DSLR cameras also offer better autofocus and manual focus, better image quality, and a much faster power up and response time. Additionally a DSLR camera can last you a lifetime if correct care is taken. You won’t ever look back after buying a DSLR camera.

 

 

Read more about the Canon 500D (aka Rebel T1i) via the link below:

– Canon EOS Rebel T1i 15.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens

 

 

 

A Canon wide angle lens

One of the best additional lenses you can have in your kit, producing brilliant photos in many different circumstances, namely when shooting landscapes, sports, architecture, portraits and a great deal more. Just by studying the impressive pictures in this article will give you a glimpse into the impressive photos you can take with a wide angle lens.
Our recommendation: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra-Wide Angle Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
Read on to find out more about the types of wide angle lens available for Canon.

 

A good quality tripod

A tripod is especially useful in all types of photography, so it is always worth investing in a well made sturdy, and easy to use tripod. Believe me, ease of use is important. If every time you want to adjust the position of your camera, you have unscrew bits here and there, it can be extremely frustrating. The manfrotto tripod is one of the best you can buy, and the only one you will need to buy your whole life.

 

You’ll need to use a tripod when shooting low light, timelapse and sports photography, each of which is even more spectacular with a wide angle lens

Read more here: Ravelli APGL4 New Professional 70″ Tripod with Adjustable Pistol Grip Head and Heavy Duty Carry Bag

 

A Remote Control timer for Canon 500D

This smart timer allows you to really master photography. It allows you to take photos without even touching your camera. You may be wondering why you wouldn’t touch your camera in order to take a picture. Well, here’s why:
– In timelapse photography for example, you can programme this timer to take photos at any interval you wish (for example every 15 seconds, or every 50 seconds). You can also do a timelapse at night, in which case you can programme your timer to take an exposure for 45 seconds, with a 15 second interval after each exposure.
In long exposure photography – you’ll need this timer to in order to take an exposure longer than 30 seconds, as your camera can usually only do a 30 second exposure, without a remote-timer. With a remote timer, you could have take a photo with an exposure time of 8hours, 24 hours even!

 

Read more here: Aputure Timer for Canon

 

In HDR photography – you will need to take 3 photos with different exposure, without moving your camera. This can be tricky, but with the remote timer, you can programme 3 different exposures, and automatically take them using the timer.

 

These techniques are even more impressive with a wide angle lens and there are many more uses for this timer, which will surely become your best friend, your side kick on your quest to become the best photographer you can be!

 

Landscape photo with Canon EF 14mm - Credit Planted5D
Landscape photo with Canon EF 14mm – Credit Planted5D

 

What does wide angle photography actually mean? The focal length explained.

There are a range of wide angle lenses available on the market. As discussed before, the wide angle lens allows you to fit a large area (a family portrait, building or landscape) into a small frame.

 

Wide angle lenses are ideal for those situations when you literally cannot step back further in order to fit more into your picture. Most basic lenses, for example the standard 18-55mm lens allows a focal length of 18. The focal length is simply a property of a lens expressed in millimeters.

 

The wider the angle of the lens, the smaller the focal length – the smaller the number, the wider the lens.

 

Telephoto zoom lenses always have a large focal length – such as 250mm or 300mm, in contrast to a wide angle lens where you would find a focal length of around 10-20mm.

 

The smaller number, demonstrating focal length, always comes first in the description of a lens, and this is how you can differentiate the wide angle capability of different lenses.

 

Lets look at some examples:

  • 18-55mm standard lens– has a focal length of 18, and this is it’s widest angle. The larger number represents it’s maximum focal length – It has the cability to zoom appoximately 3.05x – 18 times 3.05 equals 55.
  • 35-105mm lens– here the widest angle that can be achieved is 35mm. It has the capability to zoom 3x this amount – 35 x 3 equals 105mm.
  • Canon EF-S 10-22mm lens– is a good wide angle lens. It has a focal length of 10mm which is Perfect for capturing as much as possible into one frame.

 

There are different types of wide angle lenses available, and depending on how much of a wide angle effect you want, will depend on the type of wide angle lens that you buy. Below is a comparison of different types of wide angle lens with example pictures, so that you can make an informed choice before you buy.

 

Wide angle lens photography with Canon 500D - Photo credit K Cooper
Canon EF 14mm f2.8L II Lens example – Photo credit K Cooper

 

What wide angle lens should I buy for a Canon 500D?

There are, as explained, different categories of wide angle lens available. Simply, you can find normal wide angle lenses, and ultra wide angle zoom lenses, each with their own unique properties.

 

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens

This lens has quite a substantial wide angle capacity, with a focal lenght of 10mm (remember – the smaller the number – the wider the angle). It could even be classed as ultra wide angle, and is perfect for all types of wide angle photography.

 

The image quality is superb, the lens is lightweight and portable, and the f/3.5 means this lens is exeptional for shooting in low light conditions.

 

The lens also has an internal focusing system driven by a ring-type USM drive offering extremely fast and near-silent autofocus operations.

 

Read more here: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLRs

 

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens Specifications:

  • Focal length: 10.22mm
  • Maximum aperture: 3.5
  • Focus adjustment: Automatic inner focusing system with USM
  • Closest focusing distance: 24cm
  • Zoom system: Rotating type lens
  • Filter size: 77mm
  • Dimensions: 8.4cm in diameter, 9.0cm long
  • Weight: 0.38kg

 

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Widen your perspective this EF 17-40mm lens which boasts great quality but for an affordable price, making it one of canons best selling lenses . It is optimal for both film and DSLR cameras.

It is classed as an ultra wide lens, depsite its small size and weight, and it will work on both full frame bodies and on a cropped body. The 4.0 aperture is constant, and the focusing is both quick and quiet. In addition, the lens has the ability to focus as Close as 0.28mm.

 

Read more here: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

 

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens Specifications:

  • Focal length: 17-40mm
  • Maximum aperture: 1:4
  • Diagonal angle of view: 104 to 57 degrees (at 30 feet)
  • Focus adjustment: Automatic inner focusing system with USM
  • Closest focusing distance: 28cm
  • Zoom system: Rotating type lens
  • Filter size: 77mm
  • Dimensions: 8.4cm in diameter, 9.7cm long
  • Weight: 0.5kg

 

Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra-Wide Angle Lens

 

This is Canon’s best and widest “ultra wide angle” lens, and is designed specifically for landscape and architectural photographers – although it is very diverse and can be used for many different types of photography.

 

Its primary advantage is that is offers ultra wide angle photographs to be taken without any distortion of a fisheye – providing spectacular results.It has a 114-degree diagonal angle of view and delivers extremely fast autofocus with significantly higher image quality – including the quality at the peripheral ends of the image.

 

Other features include optimal lens positioning, which prevents flaring (from the sun or other light Sources), as well as improved dust and water resistance (from rain). It is compatible with EOS digital SLR cameras, including cropped body designs.

 

With the highly superior image quality, you won’t look back after buying this lens, and if you treat it correctly, it will last you a lifetime.

 

Read more here: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra-Wide Angle Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras

 

Specifications for Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra-Wide Angle Lens

  • Focal length: 14mm
  • Maximum aperture: 2.8
  • Diagonal angle of view: 114 degrees
  • Focus adjustment: Automatic inner focusing system with USM
  • Closest focusing distance: 20cm
  • Zoom system: Rotating type lens
  • Dimensions: 8.0cm in diameter, 9.4cm long
  • Weight: 0.65kg

 

Example picture with Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM

 

Canon EF 14mm f2.8L II Lens example - Photo credit 35 Photo
Canon EF 14mm f2.8L II Lens example – Photo credit 35 Photo

 

 

What settings do I need for wide angle photography with a Canon 500D?

 

A wide depth of field setting on your camera can help you achieve and even greater wide angle effect. The depth of field is controlled by the aperture of f-stop (f-number). The narrower the aperature (f ) the greater the depth of field.

 

If you are shooting in a relatively well lit area, then you can use a bigger f-stop, for a smaller aperture and can therefore achieve greater depth of field.

 

You will need to control the ISO settings too. If the aperture is too small, not enough light will be able to enter, and your picture will therefore appear darker. You will then need to increase the ISO if your picture is too dark, but increasing your ISO too much will result in “noise” – or a grainy resulting picture.

 

Generally for landscape photography, using a wide angle lens, it would be a good idea to start at a mid-range aperture, f-11 or above with a low ISO of about 100 or 200. Experiment with your photography, if the pictures are too dark, you either need to increase the aperture or increase the ISO.

 

If you are shooting low light landscape photography, then an ideal lens for you would be the Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra-Wide Angle Lens – (link above) – which as a low f-stop of 2.8, ensuring that a lot of light can enter your lens, allowing you to have the ISO setting as low as possible to prevent noise or agrainy low quality image.

 

How to do wide angle photography in low light?

It would be extremely useful to invest in 2 pieces of equipment when shooting low light photography in any situation.

 

1 – a remote control timer

This timer allows you to set off the shutter (or take a picture) without even touching the camera. The key to taking professional wide angle photos, especially in low light, is by keeping the camera still whilst taking photos. If you are doing a long exposure this becomes even more important, because even if your camera moves by 1mm, your picture will be ruined.

By using a timer, you can not only take the picture with the remote, but you programme the remote to take several exposures, a timelapse or even an exposure longer than 30 minutes. It is extremely versatile, and will allow you to progress much faster with your photography skills.

 

Read more here: Aputure Timer for Canon

 

2 – a tripod

As stated above, the importance of keeping your camera still during a low light exposure, if paramount. If you do not want to carry a full sized tripod around with you, there are travel sized tripods available.

 

Recommended tripod: Ravelli APGL4 New Professional 70″ Tripod (with Adjustable Pistol Grip Head and Heavy Duty Carry Bag)

 

You’ll also need a tripod and a remote timer for many other photography techniques, including HDR photography, timelapse and macro photography.

 

Article: Wide angle lens photography with Canon 500D.

By: Alexander Van Dorph and Nicole Lisa Photography

Questions? Please register in our forum and ask them there.

 

How to timelapse with HTC Desire Z.

How to timelapse with HTC Desire Z – a timelapse tutorial guide.

This is a how to instructions guide for making timelapse photography with HTC Desire Z. Hence the title, how to timelapse with HTC Desire Z. 😉

 

What is timelapse photography?

Timelapse photography allows us to see processes that would normally appear very subtle to the human eye, but when captured, enables us to see that process much more pronounced – such as a beautiful sunset, a blossoming flower, or melting ice. Below is an example, capturing the sunset in Norway. If you would like to try a timelapse, please read on – it is very easy to do once you know how to, and very impressive to your audience! – Nicole Lisa Photography

 

To be a bit more objective, a timelapse is a collection of photos put together in order to create a video or movie effect. The difference from normal videos is that the photos are taken with a certain time interval in between them, as to allow long processes (i.e. grass growing or sunset) to transpire in a short amount of time – creating the timelapse effect. The time intervals are normally 30 seconds or similar, but photos can also be taken minutes apart or even hours or days – last of which is often used when timelapsing a construction site.

 

How to timelapse with my HTC Desire Z, which is an android phone?

Yes, there are certain things you’ll need in order to make your phone take the pictures at given intervals. With a normal camera (DSLR) you would normally use a shutter timer remote control (as the example seen here: SHUTTER TIMER) – but seeing that you are using a smartphone to capture the timelapse you will need the correct app. Scroll down to the equipment section to see which timelapse apps we recommend for android phones.

 

How to timelapse with HTC Desire Z – Example:

How to timelapse with HTC Desire Z – timelapse example.

 

Timelapse Settings: 15 sec intervals / 1403 pictures (using a aputure timer – see below)
Edited in Adobe Premiere (click here to learn more about Adobe Premiere Pro.)
Music: Morcheeba – Public Displays of Affection

 

– Keen to try it out yourself? YES! If so, you will need:

 

1. (Necessity) A stable base / mount for your camera – this one has a 360 degrees rotating function to give you a panorama effect:

 

Link: Veho VCC-100-XL MUVI X-Lapse 360-Degree Photography and Timelapse Accessory

– This clever thing is BRILLIANT. A MUST-HAVE if you are doing a timelapse with a smartphone, not only is it a foldable support (it folds out – click link to see images and description).

 

It also has a rotational setting – which will turn the base/holder while you are taking the timelapse to ensure a rotating, panoramic effect (if you have seen a timelapse with this function, you’ll know how much professionalism that adds to a video), which in turn allows you to do 360 degree panoramic photos.

 

Btw, there is a tripod that goes with this base. Click HERE to check out the tripod as well – a sturdy tripod will give you much needed stability, as otherwise a single movement (e.g. a gust of wind) can ruin your whole timelapse.

 

Rotational settings:

  • Create 90° degree (15 minutes), 180° degree (30 minutes), 270° degree (45 minutes), 360° degree (60 minutes) sweeping time-lapse films.
  • Create 90° degree, 180° degree, 270° degree, 360° degree panoramic pictures


That is pretty spectacular, as a slider or similar device for a DSLR camera would normally cost around 100 dollars or more. This base is (pr today) valued at list price 45 dollars, but is now on sale via the link above for a 55% discount – a true daylight robbery of a price. They also ship internationally, so it doesn’t matter where you live in the world.

 

 

 

2 . (Necessity) A compatible APP for your HTC Desire Z (Android).

Download here: Lapse it Pro (Android)

– Seeing that you are using a android smartphone you will need a compatible app. Lapse it Pro is amongst the best timelapse APPs available. Basically, it allows you to take photos at a certain time interval and put them together in a timelapse video. Click on the image or link to read more about it.

 

3. (Optional) If you are interested in photography – you might want to upgrade to a DSLR camera:

Link: Nikon D600 24.3 MP is the professional’s choice.
– Finally, the power of a 24.3 MP Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor in a compact, streamlined HD-SLR body. Create brilliant full-frame images and 1080p videos. Capture every detail in stunning clarity with Nikon’s superior 39-point AF system with Scene Recognition. Empower your inner filmmaker with cinema-quality HD video recording features. Nikon FX-format quality has never been more attainable. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO LEARN MORE.

 

 

What do you need to make a timelapse

These days all high-quality tv-programmes and documentaries, shown on Discovery, National Geography, History channel and many more are riddled with amazing timelapse photography. This article “How to timelapse with HTC Desire Z”, a how to guide, lets you understand just how they do it – and even teaches you how to have a go at it yourself. Here is a description of the items you will need to create your own timelapse.

 

1. A DSLR camera

2. A timer device (available from the link above, for your make of camera). My camera is a Nikon D600 (click this link to learn more about the Nikon cameras – opens in a new window), and so I the type of timer displayed above. This timer, which works perfectly and is very easy to use. It is the same brand.

Alternatively; you can use the software CD that came with your camera, which usually has timing software on it. However, this means you always need to have a laptop with you, as opposed to the timer, which you can take anywhere.

3. A tripod (available from the link above). It is very important to keep the camera completely still throughout the timelapse, any movement of the camera will effectively ruin the timelapse, you will see an example of this later)

4. A good location: choose a location where changes in the environment are occuring – this can be places where there are many people, a sunset/sunrise, changing tides, moving clouds etc)

How to set up your camera

– Remember that some of these doesn’t apply if you are using a smartphone or tablet to take the timelapse, as the APP will do most of this for you.

  • Once you have chosen a suitable location, mount your camera on the tripod (or a stable area).
  • Auto focus on the image you will be taking. Once you have achieved focus, turn off autofocus if you are timelapsing a landscape, or a low light picture. This will save battery on your camera, and prevent shots from not being taken (due to failure of autofocus). However, if you are doing a timelapse of people it is best to leave autofocus on, as your camera will always have something to focus on.
  • For changing light conditions: use AV mode (or shutter priority), as your camera will automatically adjust to the changing light – such as in sunset timelapses.
  • Make sure your camera is not set to auto white balance, as this can create flickering.
  • To save battery – you can also turn of “image review” on your camera. Alternatively, you can use a external power source cord to avoid running out of battery.

Another timelapse example – How to timelapse with HTC Desire Z:

Setting the timer

You will notice once you have your timer (or any timer) that there are four main settings:

  1. Delay – This is the delay between each shot. You can leave this at 0, unless you have a long shutter speed (night photography)
  2. Long – This is for the shutter speed, for example if you are doing a time-lapse of the stars, and you need a shutter speed longer than 30 seconds.
  3. Interval – This is how often you would like to take a picture, for a fast changing environment (sunset), a good starting point is every 15 seconds.
  4. Number of shots – this is as it says – for the number of pictures you would like to take. You can set this, but it is easier to leave the setting at (—-). This will mean the camera will just carry on taking pictures until another limiting factor means no more pictures can be taken; for example expired, empty battery or unavailable space on the memory card.
How to timelapse with HTC Desire Z: Timelapse of the stars, with the pictures put together in a so-called starlapse (also known as astrophotography):
Starlapse
Starlapse, one of the things you can do with a time lapse. How to timelapse with HTC Desire Z.

General Tips

– Remember, some of this tips don’t apply if you are using a smartphone with a compatible APP to take the photos.

 

  • Shutter Speeds: pick a shutter speed which best suits the environment you are timelapsing, for example if you are timelapsing the stars, you will need a long exposure, to capture as much light as possible
  • Interval Times: For a fast changing environment, it is best to use minimal interval times, such as 15 seconds (sunrise/sunset). For a slow environment (timelapsing the construction of a building) you can use much greater interval times (perhaps 1 shot every 20 minutes)
  • Battery Power: Once you start timelapsing, you will find that your battery will last longer if you are shooting with quick shutter speeds, as opposed to those with long exposures. You can purchase an extra battery for your camera, but it may be hard to change the battery whilst not moving the tripod. A much better option for longer timelapses, is using an AC power adapter for your camera (available from amazon). One battery should last about 6 hours on an interval of 15 seconds in daylight (subjective to model and battery).
  • Image Settings: Set your camera to shoot in JPG, rather than RAW, as processing of each image will take much longer with RAW shooting (and use up the battery much quicker)

 

The most important aspect to time-lapse photography is the STABILITY of the camera. Do not allow the camera to move at all. Hope you’ve enjoyed this article, if you have any questions on how to timelapse with HTC Desire Z or anything regarding photography, be sure to let us know in the forum. We will help you out. Guaranteed. We can even help you assemble the photos into a timelapse movie.

 

ENJOY!

 

A inspirational timelapse compilation:


– Article – How to timelapse with HTC Desire Z – instructions and settings – provided by Nicole Lisa Photography for Superstoked Surfing Magazine. Mahalo, Nicole!

 

/// Facebook page: Nicole Lisa Photography

/// Official website: NicoleLisaPhotography.com

/// Article: How to timelapse with HTC Desire Z


– Did you know…?

You can do macro photography with your HTC Desire Z? Click HERE to read the tutorial. (HTC ONE M8 is used in that given example)

 

Do you have any comments or questions regarding how to timelapse with HTC Desire Z? Maybe you would like to see your photos featured in our magazine? Be sure to let us know in THE FORUM or on our FACEBOOK PAGE – and we will help you out. 100% answer guarantee from our Superstoked photographers. We would love to hear your question or opinion. Maybe you would like to showcase your work?

 

Be sure to use ‘how to timelapse with HTC Desire Z’ or similar as the subject to the conversation. Thank you! Hope to hear from you. Be sure to stay patient and hone your photography skills – you will succeed if you keep at it. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

 

– Questions or comments? Please visit our FORUM. Thank you.

 

Words: Alexander Van Dorph & Nicole Lisa Photography (please check out our debut novel, COGNITIVE DISTURBANCE, if you liked the article). Thanks.

 

Alexander Van Dorph quote
Words: Alexander Van Dorph & Nicole Lisa Photography

 

How to timelapse with HTC ONE Mini2 – timelapse tutorial.

How to timelapse with HTC ONE Mini2 – a timelapse tutorial guide.

This is a how to instructions guide for making timelapse photography with HTC ONE Mini2. Hence the title, how to timelapse with HTC ONE Mini2. 😉

 

What is timelapse photography?

Timelapse photography allows us to see processes that would normally appear very subtle to the human eye, but when captured, enables us to see that process much more pronounced – such as a beautiful sunset, a blossoming flower, or melting ice. Below is an example, capturing the sunset in Norway. If you would like to try a timelapse, please read on – it is very easy to do once you know how to, and very impressive to your audience! – Nicole Lisa Photography

 

To be a bit more objective, a timelapse is a collection of photos put together in order to create a video or movie effect. The difference from normal videos is that the photos are taken with a certain time interval in between them, as to allow long processes (i.e. grass growing or sunset) to transpire in a short amount of time – creating the timelapse effect. The time intervals are normally 30 seconds or similar, but photos can also be taken minutes apart or even hours or days – last of which is often used when timelapsing a construction site.

 

How to timelapse with my HTC ONE Mini2, which is an android phone?

Yes, there are certain things you’ll need in order to make your phone take the pictures at given intervals. With a normal camera (DSLR) you would normally use a shutter timer remote control (as the example seen here: SHUTTER TIMER) – but seeing that you are using a smartphone to capture the timelapse you will need the correct app. Scroll down to the equipment section to see which timelapse apps we recommend for android phones.

 

How to timelapse with HTC ONE Mini2 – Example:

How to timelapse with HTC ONE Mini2 – timelapse example.

 

Timelapse Settings: 15 sec intervals / 1403 pictures (using a aputure timer – see below)
Edited in Adobe Premiere (click here to learn more about Adobe Premiere Pro.)
Music: Morcheeba – Public Displays of Affection

 

– Keen to try it out yourself? YES! If so, you will need:

 

1. (Necessity) A stable base / mount for your camera – this one has a 360 degrees rotating function to give you a panorama effect:

 

Link: Veho VCC-100-XL MUVI X-Lapse 360-Degree Photography and Timelapse Accessory

– This clever thing is BRILLIANT. A MUST-HAVE if you are doing a timelapse with a smartphone, not only is it a foldable support (it folds out – click link to see images and description).

 

It also has a rotational setting – which will turn the base/holder while you are taking the timelapse to ensure a rotating, panoramic effect (if you have seen a timelapse with this function, you’ll know how much professionalism that adds to a video), which in turn allows you to do 360 degree panoramic photos.

 

Btw, there is a tripod that goes with this base. Click HERE to check out the tripod as well – a sturdy tripod will give you much needed stability, as otherwise a single movement (e.g. a gust of wind) can ruin your whole timelapse.

 

Rotational settings:

  • Create 90° degree (15 minutes), 180° degree (30 minutes), 270° degree (45 minutes), 360° degree (60 minutes) sweeping time-lapse films.
  • Create 90° degree, 180° degree, 270° degree, 360° degree panoramic pictures


That is pretty spectacular, as a slider or similar device for a DSLR camera would normally cost around 100 dollars or more. This base is (pr today) valued at list price 45 dollars, but is now on sale via the link above for a 55% discount – a true daylight robbery of a price. They also ship internationally, so it doesn’t matter where you live in the world.

 

 

 

2 . (Necessity) A compatible APP for your HTC ONE Mini2 (Android).

Download here: Lapse it Pro (Android)

– Seeing that you are using a android smartphone you will need a compatible app. Lapse it Pro is amongst the best timelapse APPs available. Basically, it allows you to take photos at a certain time interval and put them together in a timelapse video. Click on the image or link to read more about it.

 

3. (Optional) If you are interested in photography – you might want to upgrade to a DSLR camera:

Link: Nikon D600 24.3 MP is the professional’s choice.
– Finally, the power of a 24.3 MP Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor in a compact, streamlined HD-SLR body. Create brilliant full-frame images and 1080p videos. Capture every detail in stunning clarity with Nikon’s superior 39-point AF system with Scene Recognition. Empower your inner filmmaker with cinema-quality HD video recording features. Nikon FX-format quality has never been more attainable. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO LEARN MORE.

 

 

What do you need to make a timelapse

These days all high-quality tv-programmes and documentaries, shown on Discovery, National Geography, History channel and many more are riddled with amazing timelapse photography. This article “How to timelapse with HTC ONE Mini2”, a how to guide, lets you understand just how they do it – and even teaches you how to have a go at it yourself. Here is a description of the items you will need to create your own timelapse.

 

1. A DSLR camera

2. A timer device (available from the link above, for your make of camera). My camera is a Nikon D600 (click this link to learn more about the Nikon cameras – opens in a new window), and so I the type of timer displayed above. This timer, which works perfectly and is very easy to use. It is the same brand.

Alternatively; you can use the software CD that came with your camera, which usually has timing software on it. However, this means you always need to have a laptop with you, as opposed to the timer, which you can take anywhere.

3. A tripod (available from the link above). It is very important to keep the camera completely still throughout the timelapse, any movement of the camera will effectively ruin the timelapse, you will see an example of this later)

4. A good location: choose a location where changes in the environment are occuring – this can be places where there are many people, a sunset/sunrise, changing tides, moving clouds etc)

How to set up your camera

– Remember that some of these doesn’t apply if you are using a smartphone or tablet to take the timelapse, as the APP will do most of this for you.

  • Once you have chosen a suitable location, mount your camera on the tripod (or a stable area).
  • Auto focus on the image you will be taking. Once you have achieved focus, turn off autofocus if you are timelapsing a landscape, or a low light picture. This will save battery on your camera, and prevent shots from not being taken (due to failure of autofocus). However, if you are doing a timelapse of people it is best to leave autofocus on, as your camera will always have something to focus on.
  • For changing light conditions: use AV mode (or shutter priority), as your camera will automatically adjust to the changing light – such as in sunset timelapses.
  • Make sure your camera is not set to auto white balance, as this can create flickering.
  • To save battery – you can also turn of “image review” on your camera. Alternatively, you can use a external power source cord to avoid running out of battery.

Another timelapse example – How to timelapse with HTC ONE Mini2:

Setting the timer

You will notice once you have your timer (or any timer) that there are four main settings:

  1. Delay – This is the delay between each shot. You can leave this at 0, unless you have a long shutter speed (night photography)
  2. Long – This is for the shutter speed, for example if you are doing a time-lapse of the stars, and you need a shutter speed longer than 30 seconds.
  3. Interval – This is how often you would like to take a picture, for a fast changing environment (sunset), a good starting point is every 15 seconds.
  4. Number of shots – this is as it says – for the number of pictures you would like to take. You can set this, but it is easier to leave the setting at (—-). This will mean the camera will just carry on taking pictures until another limiting factor means no more pictures can be taken; for example expired, empty battery or unavailable space on the memory card.
How to timelapse with HTC ONE Mini2: Timelapse of the stars, with the pictures put together in a so-called starlapse (also known as astrophotography):
Starlapse
Starlapse, one of the things you can do with a time lapse. How to timelapse with HTC ONE Mini2.

General Tips

– Remember, some of this tips don’t apply if you are using a smartphone with a compatible APP to take the photos.

 

  • Shutter Speeds: pick a shutter speed which best suits the environment you are timelapsing, for example if you are timelapsing the stars, you will need a long exposure, to capture as much light as possible
  • Interval Times: For a fast changing environment, it is best to use minimal interval times, such as 15 seconds (sunrise/sunset). For a slow environment (timelapsing the construction of a building) you can use much greater interval times (perhaps 1 shot every 20 minutes)
  • Battery Power: Once you start timelapsing, you will find that your battery will last longer if you are shooting with quick shutter speeds, as opposed to those with long exposures. You can purchase an extra battery for your camera, but it may be hard to change the battery whilst not moving the tripod. A much better option for longer timelapses, is using an AC power adapter for your camera (available from amazon). One battery should last about 6 hours on an interval of 15 seconds in daylight (subjective to model and battery).
  • Image Settings: Set your camera to shoot in JPG, rather than RAW, as processing of each image will take much longer with RAW shooting (and use up the battery much quicker)

 

The most important aspect to time-lapse photography is the STABILITY of the camera. Do not allow the camera to move at all. Hope you’ve enjoyed this article, if you have any questions on how to timelapse with HTC ONE Mini2 or anything regarding photography, be sure to let us know in the forum. We will help you out. Guaranteed. We can even help you assemble the photos into a timelapse movie.

 

ENJOY!

 

A inspirational timelapse compilation:


– Article – How to timelapse with HTC ONE Mini2 – instructions and settings – provided by Nicole Lisa Photography for Superstoked Surfing Magazine. Mahalo, Nicole!

 

/// Facebook page: Nicole Lisa Photography

/// Official website: NicoleLisaPhotography.com

/// Article: How to timelapse with HTC ONE Mini2


– Did you know…?

You can do macro photography with your HTC ONE Mini2? Click HERE to read the tutorial. (HTC ONE M8 is used in that given example)

 

Do you have any comments or questions regarding how to timelapse with HTC ONE Mini2? Maybe you would like to see your photos featured in our magazine? Be sure to let us know in THE FORUM or on our FACEBOOK PAGE – and we will help you out. 100% answer guarantee from our Superstoked photographers. We would love to hear your question or opinion. Maybe you would like to showcase your work?

 

Be sure to use ‘how to timelapse with HTC ONE Mini2’ or similar as the subject to the conversation. Thank you! Hope to hear from you. Be sure to stay patient and hone your photography skills – you will succeed if you keep at it. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

 

– Questions or comments? Please visit our FORUM. Thank you.

 

Words: Alexander Van Dorph & Nicole Lisa Photography (please check out our debut novel, COGNITIVE DISTURBANCE, if you liked the article). Thanks.

 

Alexander Van Dorph quote
Words: Alexander Van Dorph & Nicole Lisa Photography