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Our next Mentoring session will just prior to our Member's Night meeting on October 16. Meeting time will be 5:30 at the church. Please contact me at rpdrunner@msn.com to give me any subjects that you would like to discuss. That way, I know I will be covering subjects that you are interested in rather than guessing what to cover. This is for any level member that would like to learn more about any particular area of photography. If your schedule requires you to be late, no problem, we will be in the back, northwest corner of the main room, near where the light controls are. Makes it a little quieter.
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Getting Better Results with your Wide Angle Lens Shooting with a wide angle lens will result in some distortion to your subject material, especially, in vertical shots. Wide angle lenses shot at 90 degree angle to the scene will make the foreground look bigger by stretching it out a little in horizontal shots and even more in vertical. This is often a good thing because it creates attention to the foreground which then leads the eye to the main subject of the photo. But on the other side, the top of the photo, it makes things look smaller. So, if you have an interesting mountain range in the distance in the background, the mountains will look a little smaller. If you want to see how much distortion there is, shoot a vertical of someone reclining back in a chair with the feet at the bottom and head at the top at a 90 degree angle. The resulting photo will make the legs and feet seem much longer and bigger while the head will seem smaller in comparison. It is accentuated even more, the closer you get to the person. This can be corrected somewhat by the angle that you have your camera at the time you shoot the photo. Biggest distortion is when you have the camera at a 90 degree angle to the scene. By adjusting the camera down to about 45 degree angle to the scene, you still have the stretching to the foreground but then you also have some stretching to the top of the photo. The mountain, top of the waterfall or top of the trees will now look a little bigger rather than smaller.
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