Canon 14mm lens

Can One Millimeter Make a Difference In A Lens? You Bet!

Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Canon 14mm lens.
When it comes to super wide-angle lenses, most Canon pros I know shoot with two lenses: the Canon 14mm lens and the Canon 15mm lens. I took the photograph above with the 14mm lens. I took the photo below with the 15mm lens.

Buddhist temple, Kent NY. Canon 15mm lens.
Here are the major differences between the lenses:

The 14mm lens sells for about $2,250.00, while the 15mm lens sells for about $800.00.

The 15mm lens is a fish-eye lens, and gives you that fish-eye look (on a full-frame image sensor camera), while the 14mm lens is what's called a rectilinear lens, which offers little or no barrel or pincushion distortion.

The 14mm lens is larger and heavier than the 15mm lens because the 14mm lens has more glass.

Like my fellow pros, I choose a lens for the effect. For example, as with my Buddhist temple picture, I like the distortion in the image. It's up to you to embrace the distortion or to go for a more realistic image.

Also, both lenses let you work in confined spaces, as illustrated by the HDR image below.

All these images are HDR images. For more in HDR, see my iPad app: iHDR.

Los Osos, CA. Canon 15mm lens.
If you like fish-eye lenses and wide-angle photography, keep your eyes out for the release of the Canon EF 8-15mm Fish-eye Ultra-Wide Zoom. I sure am! You can take a tour here.

Canon EF 8-15mm lens.
Here's a tip when using fish-eye and extremely wide-angle lenses: make sure your feet and the feet of your tripod are not in the picture.

Yes, yes, yes! We can correct and create the fish-eye lens effect in Photoshop. I'll save that info for another post.

To see all my gear, click here.

Explore the light,

P.S. We shoot at the Buddhist temple on my Croton Creative workshop.

Quick Digital Imaging Tip 16/101: Add a Sense of Motion to Your Still Images

This is tip #16 of 101 digital imaging tips I plan to post here over the next few months. Stay tuned.

Today's tip (from Laos): Add a sense of motion to your still images.

Experiment with different slow shutter speeds to blur the movement in a scene in which the subjects are moving. You have probably seen this effect in National Geographic magazine.

I took the opening photograph for this post at 1/30th of a second. It has a much greater sense of motion than the above photograph.

Use your camera's LCD monitor to check the areas of the scene you want blurred . . . and sharp.

Also keep this in mind: the closer you are to the subject, the more it will be blurred.

I took this photograph with my Canon EOS 7D and what is becoming one of my favorite city-shooting lenses, the Canon 14mm lens.

Explore the light,

P.S. If you travel with an iPhone, check out my 24/7 Photo Buffet app. Tons of travel photo tips.

Quick Digital Imaging Tip 7/101: Shoot At an Angle and Create a Sense of Depth in Your Images

This is #7 of 101 digital imaging tips I plan to post here over the next few months. Stay tuned.

Today's tip (from Thailand): Shoot at an angle and create a sense of depth in your images.

These two HDR images (Nik Software's HDR Efex Pro), which I made today Chiang Mai, Thailand (after a 36-hour door-to-door trip from NY), have a good sense of depth because I shot at angle angle – and because everything in the scene is in focus.

To get max depth-of-field: use a wide-angle lens, set a small aperture and focus one-third into the scene.

My gear for these shots: Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 14mm lens. See all my gear here.

For more info and discounts on HDR imaging programs, click here.

Planning a trip to Thailand (and Cambodia and Laos - next stops on our photo tour), work with one of the best tour operators I know: Travel Link.

Our guide in Thailand is a wealth of info: Mr. Mike, a.k.a. Crocodile Mike:

As Capt. Jack always says, "Don't ya just love it."

Explore the light – and enjoy the Pad Thai :-)

P.S. The band in the hotel is playing a Lady Gaga song.....