Tips for super WIDE photography

hi guys my name is Matti Sulanto and
in this video I’m gonna be doing some super wide angle photography I also have
a couple tips for you guys that may help you in your super wide photography but
before I get into my photography please consider subscribing to my channel and
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and I usually post on Tuesdays and on Fridays and this location is brand new
and by that I mean literally this is a brand new shopping center that’s been
open for public only for about two weeks now so it’s really new but now I think
it’s time to find some conversations okay not bad the opening in the ceiling
forms a nice framing my harvesting and exposure who gives me a test about the
right motion blur I only wish there were more people downstairs but this was the
most I could get in one frame this could be a case for a multiple exposure or
combining several frames in Photoshop but nevertheless not a bad first shot of
the day I have only been here once before very briefly when I was meeting
with a friend and Beth then I didn’t have time to properly look around so now
I’m back with my Lumix g90 and the 8 to 18 millimeter super wide angle lens and
now I’m gonna have a proper walk around I think this low angle shot may work and
it’s always good to remember that I level or waist level is not nearly
always the best angle or point of view so it’s good to experiment with low
extremely low angles or of course high angles too I had to take quite a few
frames to get all those people in the foreground
I liked that everyone’s heading to a different direction and everyone’s
looking at the different direction I also like the motion blur it’s a nice
contrast to all those still standing people in the background the only thing
I’m not sure about is the upper part of the frame so I made a cropped version
like this this forces you to concentrate on just the people in the foreground and
your eyes are not wandering in the upper parts of the frame which doesn’t add too
much to the composition after all which one is better what do you think
I wonder who designed these rails you can’t put your camera on it it’s a slice
away but there can be a shot here so I’m going to okay not bad there’s a nice flow in the
escalators and the real sense of the crowd here but then I moved to my left
just a couple of meters and I got this one which works much better I think
those are cheese form a nice frame and it looks like there’s a lot more crowd
in this picture I have a 0.8 second exposure and that gives the flow in the
escalators but also this one I wish there were more people in the bottom
level of the mall a super wide lens is of course the obvious choice in this
kind of occasion but because I’m not using my super wide that often I wanted
to take it out today and try it here but a super wide is no stranger to me I have
used it in my job as a photographer many many times whenever I need it as you can
see from these couple of examples that I’m showing you here but I just don’t
use it very often in my personal world I really do appreciate the excellent
stabilizer on my g90 but I still think that in some cases a good tripod is
really worth it because then you can compose so much more carefully because
you know when you are hand holding your camera you can’t possibly check all the
four corners of the frame at the same time as well as you can with a tripod
but I thought that this place is far too hectic and busy to set up a tripod in
the middle of somewhere here so I’m counting on my stabilizer and doing
everything handheld today but how about you guys do you use a
super wide angle often and if you use for what kind of photography or in what
kind of photo situations all right here’s one kind of need abstract that
could work so let’s give it a try there certainly are some interesting lines
colors and surfaces here but I think it’s not particularly interesting or
strong image especially the upper part of the frame is a bit too empty and
those triangular holes in the ceiling are just not enough there I don’t think
this is bad but it’s not great either let’s move on I think it should be more
like this or some other man-made interior is a good place for a super
wide angle because it’s relatively easy to find compositions that feel the frame
with some sense you know in landscape photography for example it can be a lot
harder to find something in the foreground that makes some sense or adds
to the composition but here everything is so compact that you can easily change
your composition or find a new composition all together everything is
within just a couple of minutes a walk and it’s not raining okay let’s see how this works again some
motion blur but I think it may work better even without some movement or
people if I can you know find a slot where there is no people in the frame in
this one I’m too fixated on the black lines in the shot but there’s really
nothing else in it and it doesn’t work this could work if there was a steady
flow of people across the frame and that motion blur through the stairs but as it
is it just doesn’t make a picture I’m only showing you this to remind you that
you can’t always make it and it’s good to learn from your mistakes always
whenever you are shooting of course it’s very important to check the edges and
the corners of the frame but with the super wide angle it’s even more
important because it’s so easy to get your attention only to the mid part of
the frame and then forget about the corners and the edges and then end up
with some unnecessary junk in the other parts of the frame this one came out pretty well and I like
it a lot I like the motion blur and I like the
lines in the floor but again in this one I wish there were more people in the
shot but this was the most educated in one frame this could also be the case
for photoshopping together multiple frames and create the illusion of more
crowd but as it is I still like this picture one of the best I got today it’s
also interesting that even though this place is kind of crowded it seems that
the crowd doesn’t want to collaborate with me that well I mean every time I
want to make a composition with some people in it it seems that nobody in the
frame is in the right place does that ever happen to you when you are shooting
in public every time I’m using a super wide angle
lens it occurs to me how misleading it is to call a lens a perspective
correction lens after all no lens can correct any perspective it all happens
in camera believe it or not because in order to get the straight lines straight
in your shot you have to have your camera sensor parallel to the surface
that you’re shooting most of the time you have to have your camera straight up
and level if you’re shooting buildings for example with those so-called
perspective correction lenses you can then shift the lens and change the
composition without moving your camera but the lens can’t correct the
perspective if your camera sensor is not parallel to the surface that you’re
shooting therefore I think calling that kind of a lens a tilt shift lens is much
more appropriate and it describes the lens or the lenses purpose much better
I’m calling on the floor a lot today another low angle shot here
okay this one I got some blue and yellow complementary colors which always work
well and there’s also the same yellow in the right part of the frame in the
ceiling I also like the rail that goes diagonally across the frame and it forms
the same kind of arch that the ceiling in the background I’m reasonably happy
with this picture and it’s by far the best abstract shot that I got today I
think I’m done for now I don’t seem to find anything really new
any interesting compositions anymore I hope you enjoyed this little tour in
this brand new shopping center and my pictures and I hope you found some of
these tips useful in your photography thank you so much for watching and I’ll
see you in the next one some overpriced coffee–
as my good friend Robin Wong says you just gotta have some overpriced coffee
after the shoot


  1. October 29, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    2:55 nice shots
    What do you think about super wide from Sigma for L-Mount? Do you wanna buy for yourself?

  2. Rudolf Abelin October 29, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Hi Matti! If you want more people in the mall, maybe you should go to …… Kuala Lumpur! Thanks for the tips!

  3. Michael Gerrard October 29, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    Thanks, nice video, I don't take wide angle shots often but it was interesting to hear your tips. How you pointed out what was right and wrong in the photos was great.

  4. Shark October 29, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Hey Matti, great stuff, you should list your kit in your videos with links. I use a GH5 and GH5s with Sigma 18-35mm lenses for shooting video. Never tried shooting stills. i think its the finnish people, they shy away from any exposure. And yes I have visited Finland. I wish you had used a Panasonic 10-25mm lens to shoot in the shopping centre. I favour overpriced tea over coffee, just add tea bag and hot water.

  5. protestagain October 29, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    I have funny combo from my heydays with Nikor DX fourteen years ago. A Sigma 10-20 for Nikkor DX and with a Metabones Speedbooster gives 7,2 mm – 14,4 mm. A little bit dark at the widest, but actually better with m43 than with Nikon D200.

  6. Peter Forsgård October 29, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    I very seldom use really wide in my free time when shooting for myself. Sometimes when working and shooting for others then yes.

  7. Lars Kiel October 29, 2019 at 7:41 pm


  8. Steve Schnetzler October 29, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    I use my 7-14 f4 lumix on my G85 for shots along the Rhine, as well as street view shots. Also works in the Cathedral here, holding it high above my head. Love that tilt screen. I like to get shots to say where I am, then switch to a fast prime to get details.

  9. Ivan Wang October 29, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experience. It is very helpful for beginners on using wide angle lens.

  10. Robert Romanelli October 29, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    I appreciate your use of arrows to illustrate your points in making an interesting composition. Your videos are always educational as well as entertaining. Thank you for posting this.

  11. Sebastian Freund October 29, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    I‘m using my 8-18mm at my G9 mostly in street and urban photography. I try to isolate people in space to show the cruelty of loneliness in big cities or the overwhelming nature of created landscapes.

    Aaaaaand I use it to shoot cups of overpriced coffee from a low angle 😜

  12. Aengus MacNaughton October 29, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    Haha! You and Peter posted (at least the announcements reached me) at exactly the same time today! Perfect!

  13. Aengus MacNaughton October 29, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    One question — what camera/lens were you using to film yourself for this video (when holding the G90)?

  14. Aengus MacNaughton October 29, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    I use a G85 and I have a M43 SLR Magic 8mm f4 "rectilinear" lens — was not expensive, is all manual (but I love using lots of vintage manual lenses) and the "rectilinear" design helps prevent fisheye distortion. I get no loss of corners, and the lines towards the edge of the frame are still pretty straight. But often outdoors the center "subject" seems far away when using the lens — I had not thought of the inside of a mall/shopping center for photos (I'm pretty shy when it comes to "street" photography), but I will have to try it out! I agree that many of those shots would seem "fuller" with more people in them — go back when everyone is out Christmas shopping!!! Thanks!

  15. Hermann Schmidt October 29, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    What a huge place! 😮 I haven't used my 7-14 Lumix for a while. I liked the blue roof window picture.

  16. Lonnie Harmon October 29, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    Wide angle is a necessity when shooting real estate home interiors. You failed to mention that; in that it makes money for me and others. Not just a "play" lens. 7mm is even better for some narrow interior shots. I do not consider 8mm for landscape although it may work in some cases.

  17. Qassem Aleid October 29, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    excellent video as always
    i use M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO when wide angle needed
    anyway m43 not good for wide angle as it is 2X sensor but excellent for tele lenses
    thanks matti 😘

  18. sparked up beauty October 30, 2019 at 1:00 am

    Please review Panasonic gx880 with sample photos and videos.

  19. Noealz - Rain Photographer October 30, 2019 at 4:20 am

    When I first started, I used to shoot everything wide – these days I like the compressed look

  20. Ace Hardy October 30, 2019 at 6:50 am


  21. jpauvinen October 30, 2019 at 7:29 am

    I dont yet have a superwide for M43 waiting for announcements from the Oly camp. Btw if you like less people on your images in this new mall go there on Sunday mornings. Got some cool bnw shots there few days ago. Thanks!

  22. Robin Wong October 30, 2019 at 8:54 am

    My wide angle photography is with an Olympus 25mm lens!

  23. Koos Fernhout October 30, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    As a user of the 7.5mm Laowa I can only say: Thanks for the inspiration, my friend.

  24. Andreas Becker October 30, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    I wish I had one. My new smartphone has a 12mm (in full frame format) wide angle lens. I have so much fun with it! I never used such a super wide angle before. That makes me think about to look for a wide angle lens for my Pen-F. Thank you also for the video and inspiration!

  25. Al Bundy October 30, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    Panasonic should make some tilt-shift lens.

  26. Antistio Labeo October 30, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Nice photos that make a sad place look beautiful. No really…shopping centers are among the saddest places in existence.

  27. Marko Koskenoja October 31, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Excellent video blog Matti – I learned a lot👍 Please consider doing an outside wide angle post. I live in a very rural area of Canada so most of my photography with my new G9 and 8-18mm lens is outdoor landscape type stuff.

  28. TomT October 31, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    Nice job

  29. sulantoblog November 1, 2019 at 11:41 am

    This video is filmed on the Lumix G9 and the Leica 10-25mm F1.7 lens.

  30. Charles Dunkley November 2, 2019 at 12:51 am

    My widest angle lens is the Samyang 12mm F/2, which acts like an 18mm on my Fujifilm X-T1. It's a great manual wide angle lens. I'm still learning when to use it so this video was very helpful and very much appreciated.

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