Creating a bold fashion image using a fisheye lens! 😲

Creating a bold fashion image using a fisheye lens! 😲

Fisheye lenses provide an incredibly unusual perspective, allowing you to create images and effects that are impossible with other tools.

In fact, some fisheye lenses can provide a 180 degree view of the scene in front of you and may even capture the image as a circle/sphere!

While this tool seems rather unique and niche, it has been used in pop culture for decades whether 1960s psychedelic album covers, early 90s music videos, and in recent creative fashion editorials.

In this shoot I use my Canon 8-15mm F/4 fisheye lens to create a this super unique image!

There are a few key elements that change how the visual in your fisheye photo with this lens will look:

1. Focal length: The focal length you choose will affect the field-of-view in the shot, the compression of the shot, and the overall exaggeration of perspective created by the fisheye. Furthermore, at the wider focal length the image will appear like a circle! When zooming in more (toward 15mm) the image will again fill the rectangular frame.

2. Distance to subject: The closer you get to your subject the more the distortion/perspective of the lens will be exaggerated. Because of the wide focal length you will have to move slightly closer so that the subject is not tiny in the frame, but remember that the distance to subject combined with camera angle (see below) will change which parts of the subject are emphasized.

3. Camera Angle: Whether you and standing, crouching, or laying on the floor will each drastically change the appearance of the shot. Whatever is closest to the camera will appear largest, so in this shot by getting on the floor I was able to emphasize the feet/shoes the most.

4. Subject Pose: How the subject poses their body will make a big difference in the use of the fisheye perspective. Are they leaning to or away from the camera? Are they putting one part of their body closer to camera, making it appear much larger? In this shot I have my subject put her foot very close to the camera, giving it also β€˜cartoon-like’ proportions.

To create this image zoomed in (past the circular effect), got at a low angle, and had my subject put her feet closest to camera. All of these things created an image where the feet were exaggerated but while still keeping the head in a decent shape. When I composed her head too far toward the edges of the frame or got too close at a wider focal length, the head started to become oblong and misshapen.

The light for this image was a single bare bulb (hard light) strobe with the subject against a 12ft white seamless background, creating a clean surface that was easy to cut her out from, allowing me to create a more graphic visual for the final artwork!

This particular shoot was inspired by the incredible — check them out and give them some social love!

πŸ“Έ Gear Used:

βœ… Canon R5:
βœ… Canon EF-RF adapter
βœ… Canon EF 8-15mm F/4.0
βœ… Profoto D2:
βœ… Savage Universal XL White Seamless Background

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  1. 449new on October 15, 2021 at 9:52 am

    Model was on fire 10/10

  2. Robert Altman on October 15, 2021 at 9:53 am

    Great inspo/tips! The last set of shots has a pure white background – no shadows- I assume you changed up the lighting to include 2 strobes to illuminate just the backdrop for those??

  3. DThomasPorter on October 15, 2021 at 9:53 am

    Wow! It works. And your explanations were very instructive! Thanks for posting this.

  4. Suva always here on October 15, 2021 at 10:02 am

    Just lovely

  5. Mario Lopez on October 15, 2021 at 10:04 am

    Love love lovE This!!!!

  6. Lambert Fick on October 15, 2021 at 10:06 am

    Right at the start of the video you actually convinced me 100% to the why’s you are producing these videos, as you mentioned in your previous videos. Short, sweet and right to the point and you are really doing it and achieving what you set out to do. There are so many insight in the content, people just look at how she directs and takes control of the whole situation "shoot". Photographers need to be able to be "directors" as well when shooting people, except for street, journalism and normal candid photography. Please note how, she is dressed and especially her shoes. Not dressed for work comfort, but making a statement and showing the model that she is working with the same footwear challenge, discomfort….. Look at how the backdrop is treated, as a expendable item, and that is what it really is, in order to achieve the goal or the result that needs to be achieved. There is much more being insightful things being presented and done here that you might think or notice that makes pro’s, pro’s. Beside the obvious one also needs to keep in mind that you need to have clients and models willing and wanting to revert to and work with you every time. Excellent and very insightful, Thank You.

  7. TheOliviab1 on October 15, 2021 at 10:08 am

    Thank you for everything!

  8. randi on October 15, 2021 at 10:12 am

    so thankful for this as a beginner newbie photographer

  9. Joseph Chan on October 15, 2021 at 10:13 am

    Awesome tips.

  10. Kristine Di Grgioli on October 15, 2021 at 10:13 am

    so much fun

  11. justinoff1 on October 15, 2021 at 10:15 am

    Tim walker uses a 35mm on a Pentax 6×7.

  12. Andrea Guidera on October 15, 2021 at 10:16 am

    Oh my! This is SO cool! Thank you very much for sharing the knowledge. Your photos were amazing and so was your model.

  13. Claudia Oliver on October 15, 2021 at 10:17 am

    Wow!! love this look! question but roller c-stand boom / roller lightstand do you use? is seems lower than the one I Have

  14. Tru danSing Torino on October 15, 2021 at 10:18 am

    Thank you Lindsay! Really interesting! Best teacher in the world! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Carlos AndrΓ© Viana on October 15, 2021 at 10:19 am

    Great idea but outside is so much better than in a studio. Why using high heels while working???

  16. Marcel Marcos Hierro on October 15, 2021 at 10:22 am

    Amazing as usual!!! WOW!!!! Thanks a lot!

  17. Aidan CK on October 15, 2021 at 10:22 am

    Great vid Lindsay……….but get those heels off when shooting!!

  18. MartyBru06 on October 15, 2021 at 10:24 am

    Obsessed with these. Would love to see your post process!

  19. Sue Byrne on October 15, 2021 at 10:24 am

    I’m going to go hunt down the fish eye I bought years ago, the one gathering dust in the back of the cupboard! This could be a whole lot of fun πŸ˜ƒ thanks for sharing! Brilliant as always

  20. Marc Labro on October 15, 2021 at 10:24 am

    nice ! is it so different than a picture taken at 14mm with a Z 14-30mm F/4 lens ? I was just looking for it for my Z6ii. I think a 16mm or 20mm F/1.8 already gives such effect, even less extreme, isn’t it ? I would be interested with same kind of shooting with more "standard" lens we use daily.

  21. Freddy Madera on October 15, 2021 at 10:28 am

    Amazing content!
    how did you wallmounted your bowens modifiers?

  22. Jang Lil Bit of Errthang on October 15, 2021 at 10:30 am

    i saw the image in IG and now the video just popped up amazing shot!!!!

  23. Raymond Isbill on October 15, 2021 at 10:32 am

    Thanks so much for sharing! I have been thinking about this for a while now. I actually bought a 14mm lens to use for 4K on the EOSR and I have been using it more and more for portraits and Fashion work. You have inspired me to jump in and plan an entire shoot just for the wide angle look.

  24. HexSk8r on October 15, 2021 at 10:32 am

    This just made me fell more in love with fashion photography ❀️ definitely subscribing for more

  25. Nii Okaidja on October 15, 2021 at 10:32 am

    I recently played with fisheye lens for portraits in my last quarter in lighting class. I didn’t have a subject so I used myself. Didn’t like the result very much but now I’m inspired. Thanks Lindsay.

  26. DarkPixel Studios on October 15, 2021 at 10:33 am

    you are basicly my favorit photographer hands down. I love to shoot at 17 mm same applies here..>>"people" check out my work on insta at @dhieberphotos , not as good as her’s but not bad & different i guess…never copy but get inspired !!! open for sugestions in any case!! her instagram is just madnesss .. love!

  27. Aries on October 15, 2021 at 10:34 am

    Hi Lindsay , what colour temperature of lights would you recommend for a studio? ( not asking about colour temp of the flash strobes but lighting in studio) .
    Thank you for everything you do for us

  28. hubey on October 15, 2021 at 10:35 am

    Holy shit you killed it. Excellent results, excellent lesson. Fank yewwwwwww πŸ™‚

  29. Chris B on October 15, 2021 at 10:36 am

    absolutely fantastic!!! totally love the shot and how you pushed the envelope. totally excellent!!

  30. TaoNeko on October 15, 2021 at 10:37 am

    Love this! Very creative!

  31. scrptwic on October 15, 2021 at 10:38 am

    I have used fisheye lenses for buildings and car photography 8mm it gives a different perspective to the cars and the buildings

  32. G Mahvlus on October 15, 2021 at 10:38 am

    Wow! I would love to see this as one of your workshops. Stunning shots again Lindsay!

  33. Madame KoKo on October 15, 2021 at 10:40 am

    Oh my! Thanks for having me:) I love this ❀️❀️

  34. MD on October 15, 2021 at 10:40 am

    I’ll buy your audiobook Lindsay!! Love your teaching style and Voice. You are a pro

  35. West Eal on October 15, 2021 at 10:40 am

    I left right after she said "Tim Walker Fisheye"

  36. JD Scott on October 15, 2021 at 10:42 am

    What was your aperture set at?

  37. Ankita Bagwe on October 15, 2021 at 10:42 am

    Crazy πŸ’£πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

  38. Marc De Vinci on October 15, 2021 at 10:43 am

    Very inspiring! I wish you would have talked about your settings and where you focus. I suspect it was shot at f/16 and you focus closest point to get everything in focus.

  39. Benjamin Ruiz Salinas on October 15, 2021 at 10:44 am

    Β‘You are the BEST!

  40. Neopulse00 on October 15, 2021 at 10:44 am

    Who is old enough to confirm that they used fisheye lenses in 90s hip hop music videos πŸ™‹πŸΌβ€β™‚οΈ (Puff Daddy, Redman, etc)

  41. Monzter Movies on October 15, 2021 at 10:45 am

    End photos were magnificent! As always 😎

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  43. Gabriel Venzi on October 15, 2021 at 10:46 am

    LOVE IT!

  44. Π‘Π΅Π»ΠΊΠ° ΠΈ Π‘Ρ‚Ρ€Π΅Π»ΠΊΠ° on October 15, 2021 at 10:47 am

    LOVE IT! thank you soooo much!

  45. Gary Prince on October 15, 2021 at 10:48 am

    Nice video ! Thank you! ))) I want one!

  46. Ali Drew on October 15, 2021 at 10:50 am

    I love how you show your troubleshooting

  47. JP dJ on October 15, 2021 at 10:50 am

    Wow Lindsay, great shots. Totally "you" and great art direction (by you I presume).

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  49. Cinnimon Glozer on October 15, 2021 at 10:51 am

    I love this so much! Fills me with ideas πŸ”₯

  50. SEMINOLES JOHN HORSE on October 15, 2021 at 10:52 am