USE A WIDE-ANGLE LENS TO PLAY WITH PERSPECTIVE
Photography week|January 13, 2022
Still-life photography isn’t all about zooming in with macro lenses – try a different approach by using a wide-angle optic

On our Canon EOS 6D Mark II, we used the 3 x 3 grid display with diagonals enabled so that we could perfectly line up the diagonal lines of the box grater for a perfectly geometrical shot.

You can have some great fun raiding your kitchen drawers and taking experimental pictures of various culinary gadgets. In this step-by-step guide, we’ll show you how to take amazing close-ups of a box cheese grater: once you’ve tried it out, you could give it a go on other items around your house, too. The key is to use a wide-angle lens to really show off the detail that the subject contains. We used a 16-35mm lens, although the wide end of a kit zoom lens like an 18-55mm or even a fisheye lens would also work well. Here’s how it’s done…

PRO SHOT BOX GRATER

Our 16mm ultra-wide-angle lens reveals the incredible detail on the inside of this box grater – it almost looks like a scene from a science fiction film! The crisp reflections work well to bounce around the flashlight, and the dark background adds loads of contrast.

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