LOVE/HATE: The Fisheye Edition

Up for discussion this week in LOVE/HATE land are wedding photos taken with a fisheye lens, a wide-angle lens that takes a hemispherical image. They were originally used to take pictures of the whole of the sky overhead, but the bendy, distorted pictures one ends up with when using a fisheye lens have become popular with brides and grooms.

fisheye wedding photography

It’s not difficult to see why — fisheye lenses are great for taking wedding photographs that include not only the entirety of the wedding party, but also all of your wedding guests. Things tend to look a little more crowded in fisheye wedding photographs, but that’s part of the charm.

fisheye wedding photography 2

I’ll say I love fisheye wedding photographs, though I’d wager a bride and groom would want one or two photos taken with a fisheye lens rather than lots and lots of them. Imagine the photo above as taken straight on using a regular lens. I doubt it would be as compelling.

fisheye wedding photography 3

The only time I don’t love it is when there is a lot of empty space, bright skies, and water. This fisheye wedding photograph is very pretty, but I can’t shake the feeling that the bride and groom are trapped in a gigantic fishbowl.

What say you?

(Images via Jeff Newsom Photography, Hoffmann Photography, and Danny Ngan)

6 Responses to “LOVE/HATE: The Fisheye Edition”

  1. I’ll fall on the hate side- not that I actually hate the pictures, but I hate when photographers rely too heavily on the trick. I’ve seen weddings where everything looks like it was taken through a fish-eye lens, and I personally would be mad not to have any straightforward pictures.

  2. Toni says:

    Like you, NtB, I’m in the “love” camp, as long as they’re used sparingly. I have a very wide lens (10-20mm, though it’s not technically a “fisheye”) that I like to use when the time is right. With it I can get a group shot of the wedding party on a small balcony, a shot of the entire table at the bridal brunch, and a photo of the entire couple taken through the door of the limo.

  3. Twistie says:

    I’m firmly in the ‘whatever floats your boat’ camp on this one. Used sparingly, it’s possible to get some very cool shots. That would be fun. Overused it’s just gimmicky. But if you want a gimmicky wedding album, that’s between you and your god, and who am I to say no?

    Me? It’s not really my thing. But I don’t hate it by any means.

  4. I love each of these photos, but I wouldn’t want every single photo taken with the fisheye lens.

  5. ChristianeF says:

    I think I’m on the Hate side of this. The effect makes it hard to really see anyone outside of the center of the frame and (especially the top one) makes me feel a little dizzy.

    The bottom one is kinda cool looking though, in a Truman Show kind of way.

  6. Aaron says:

    I love these fisheye shots!! So unique and awesome!