Wide-angle macro photography is popular with wildlife photographers. The technique allows the photographer to document the animal in its natural habitat and show the full scene it lives in. The photographs have great impact and deliver a bug eye perspective using a wide angle lens. I generally use off camera flash with a custom soft box to make these photographs. Lately I have been testing a variety of on camera flashes to achieve a different perspective. One of the biggest challenges is lighting the subject evenly with soft diffused lighting.
The most popular lenses used for wide angle macro photography ( WAM )
- Tokina fisheye 10-17mm f3.5-4.5
- Nikon fisheye 10.5mm f2.8
- Sigma fisheye 15mm f2.8 E
- Venus Laowa 15mm f4 – (Manual focus only)
Here are some of my favorite wide-angle macro images photographed in Okinawa-Japan.
If you would like to learn more about this technique I recommend Wide-Angle Macro: The Essential Guide by Clay Bolt and Paul Harcourt Davies http://www.e-junkie.com/shop/product/482943.php