How to make a fisheye effect

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How to make a fisheye effect
A fisheye lens will capture a very wide image. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

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

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  1. 1

    Take the lenses out of the glasses. The thicker the lenses, the stronger the fisheye effect.

    How to make a fisheye effect
    The thicker the lenses of the glasses the better. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)
  2. 2

    Cut two pieces of electrical tape long enough to cover either side of one of the lenses.

  3. 3

    Stick the tape on the top and bottom edges of the eyeglass lens, then place the lens over the lens of your camera.

  4. 4

    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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