A fisheye lens is a wide-angle lens that gives an image a rounded appearance that seems to bulge in the middle. This is called the "fisheye" effect. Fisheye lenses are often used to capture a very wide field of vision -- usually up to 180 degrees. They are good for sporting events, capturing a night sky and landscape photography. Fisheye lenses can be expensive, but you can get a similar effect cheaply and easily.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Old pair of glasses (for farsighted vision)
- Digital SLR camera
- Electrical tape
Take the lenses out of the glasses. The thicker the lenses, the stronger the fisheye effect.
Cut two pieces of electrical tape long enough to cover either side of one of the lenses.
Stick the tape on the top and bottom edges of the eyeglass lens, then place the lens over the lens of your camera.
Secure the lens over your camera lens with the tape. When you take photographs with the camera you will get a fisheye effect.
Tips and warnings
- You are dismantling the glasses, so use an old or discarded pair that no one will miss.
- You also can create a fisheye effect in Photoshop. Use a wide-angle lens to take the photograph so you have a good image to work with.
- Some digital cameras have a fisheye effect setting.
- Results will vary depending on the eyeglass lens you are using.
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