The fisheye lens.
One of the most creative and fun lenses there is! The fisheye will bring a whole new level of drama to your photos. Depending on the focal length and brand you choose, fisheye prices are on the lower end of the spectrum as far as pricing goes. One lens that is becoming very popular in the photography community is the Sigma 15mm Fisheye lens which sells for around $600. Say hello to beautiful sun flares, amazing colors, and details that this lens creates! With a fisheye lens, you can turn ordinary scenes into a creative playground. As simple as pointing the lens up or down, you can dramatically change the whole scene.
A fisheye is a prime lens, meaning that you can’t zoom in or out with it. Therefore, this means that you need to act as the zoom for the lens. You need to move back and forth to get closer or further away from your subject. Be sure to change perspectives and experiment with different angles and lines. Get down low to the ground, even if it means laying on your stomach. Stand on top of a ladder. Lean up against a wall and use the distortion of the lens to wrap the wall around the frame. Get creative.
Here are some different ways you can use this lens.
1. Embrace the curve and use the distortion to your advantage. Don’t be afraid to tilt your lens up and down as well as move yourself above or below your subject to create distortion on the edges and to curve the horizon lines! Those lines and curves may help lead your eyes to the subject of the image you’re focusing on.
2. Get close to your subject and keep them centered (remember the fisheye is a prime lens, so you need to be the zoom for it by moving yourself closer). This keeps the subject prominent in the frame and turns an otherwise ordinary scene into a photo of fun! It will create the feeling of being part of the scene.