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We’ve always wanted to live in a fish tank. There â€“ we said it!
So we have odd ambitions. At least with the DIY Fisheye Lens, we’re (kinda) there. With it, we can give our photos that wonderfully distorted “fisheye” perspective â€“ the one we’d like to think fish see everything from.
Best of all, we’re making the DIY Fisheye Lens with nothing more than some tape and a lens from a pair of old eyeglasses.
So join us in our blissful underwater world, by making your own!
(Put your fins together for Melissa Lawson, the wonderful creator of the DIY Fisheye Lens, who’s sharing it with us today!)
p.s. Something new we’ve been working on: CommandShift3.com.
What is it and why’s it cool?
All cameras have lenses â€“ they’re what gets the world ‘out there’ funneled into your camera as an image, one that can then be imprinted onto film or a digital sensor or whatever. A Fisheye lens has an extremely wide angle that takes in a very broad, hemispherical image, lending a neat little “round” effect to things.
Fisheyes are the uber-talented “Peripheral Vision Man” of the superhero squad, capturing sometimes up to a 220-degree field-of-view, although usually it’s more around 180 degrees.
Bottom Line: you can pack in a lot of information into your pictures with a Fisheye. They’re insanely useful for getting way up close to some sports action while still taking in a lot of what’s happening around the player in the shot. They’re also really neat for landscape photography, and a lot of people use ‘em to capture full night skies too.
Putting It All Together
You’ll be mighty impressed with how easy this is; basically you’re taking the lens from the eyeglasses and taping it onto the camera.
There ya are!
Shooting with your Fisheye Lens
When you’re shooting with your new Fisheye lens attached, keep your regular camera lens zoomed out as much as possible â€“ or if you have multiple lens, stick the one that’s the widest on. Remember to keep the camera lens at the same length when the Fisheye is on â€“ so no zooming! You’ll lose the fisheye effect if you do so.
If you’re going to use your auto-focus while you shoot, go ahead and allow it to focus â€“ but then switch it to manual before you finish taking the photo. The Fisheye throws off your camera’s focusing computer, so it will endlessly keep refocusing and never take the picture.
Here are some of the results we got â€“ but try it out for yourself too!
(And the rest of the DIY Fisheye Lens Flickr set!)
Extra goodies and ideas
Ah, the life of a fish. Now that we’ve got a Fisheye lens stuck on our camera, we’ll never go back.
(Once you try this out, we’d love to see how it goes â€“ would you post your results in the ‘Jojo forums for us? Thanks.)
Melissa Lawson is 18-years-old and a freshman at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. She loves making and reading zines, sewing, bleaching her hair too much and bringing her 6 cameras everywhere she goes.Â She has a Flickr with too many pictures on it. And she has to thank her photo teacher Kerri Blankenship for first introducing her to Photojojo, which she loves!
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