Mobile Photography Weekly

– Hey, everybody, Sean here. Welcome back to Mobile Photography Weekly. I’m in downtown Nevada City, California, and today’s project is a wide-angle portrait. Now, you might have heard that, if you have a phone with dual lenses, a normal lens and a portrait lens, that it’s best to take portraits with that portrait lens ’cause it’s going to be more flattering for your subject. And that is true for normal types of portraits. But sometimes you’re in an environment where you just want to get in as much of the scene as possible and use a real wide view. So, we’re standing in front of this giant Pelton wheel here. This was a pretty innovative development in the mining industry back in the 1800s. Really cool, got this great, industrial vibe to it. I’m going to do a portrait of Rob next to it. And instead of using my portrait lens, I’m going to shoot wide-angle. Now, of course, I have the normal lens on this iPhone, which is a wide-angle lens, but I’m going to go even wider still. I have an 18 millimeter Moment lens here, and this will fit with a bayonet mount on this special case, which is designed to work with this lens. So, I’ll pop that lens on, and that’s going to let me get all of the wheel in there. Now, Rob, before I get in here and have you go in there, what I’m going to do is, I’m going to go and see what feels natural because if you just have somebody come in and, if you say, oh, go stand there, I’m going to take your picture in front of that wheel, they’re probably just going to be standing there. But what I like to do is get in the environment and see what feels comfortable. Like, for instance, if I put my arm up, like that, that just doesn’t feel natural to me, the angle’s all wrong. So, I’m just going to check this out, put my foot up here. I can lean back in there. And that’s kind of feeling natural. That just feels like if I was hangin’ out with friends, I might just sort of lean back against here, and it feels pretty cool. So, if you’re going to ask your subject to do something, I advise you to go and try and do it yourself to see if it feels natural. Don’t ask your subject to do something that doesn’t feel natural. So, Rob, why don’t you check that out, and see how that works for you. – This? – Yeah, go ahead and put your leg up there. And then just lean in. Get comfy. Alright, ooh, I like that. Now, what’s nice about this Moment lens is, right now, I have the entire wheel in here plus some of the background. (camera shutter clicking) So, that looks really cool. Yeah, don’t worry about smiling, you’re just bein’, – Just hangin’ out? – just hangin’ out, yeah. Lookin’ cool. I’m going to go down a little bit. Yeah, that’s good, just go ahead and vary your head position from time to time, Rob. And look out at the street. Ooh, look down at your feet again. Just kind of like that. And then I’m going to come in, and I’m going to get a lot closer. So, I’m going to try getting really close. It’s probably not going to be flattering, but it could be interesting. We’ll see here. (camera shutter clicking) Yeah, alright, that looks cool. So, the thing to remember is, while it may not be the most flattering of your subject to go ultra wide for a portrait, it can create some very dynamic images because it allows you to work in the wide scene. And sometimes there’s just a lot of cool details available in the wide scene. And that’s where using a wide-angle lens can help you get some really interesting shots.

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