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Getting Started: Moment Wide Lens

The Moment Wide Lens is our flagship, it’s the first product we created: a lens that is so wide that it captures the entire scene without any distortion. We love the Wide lens because it’s an everyday, take it everywhere kind of lens for shooting photos and videos. It’s 18mm design is ideal for shooting landscapes, architecture, Venus, and food.

The very best way to clean your Lens is with the Moment Lens pen which is available on the site.

Use the brush end of the pen to wipe away any excess dirt or debris. Use the microfiber tip for clearing away any fine dust, smudges, or fingerprints. If you don’t have a Moment lens pen, the microfiber lens bag works great to clean the front element of the lens. The small back element of the lens can also be cleaned with a simple household Q-tip, if you don’t have the pen. It’s also helpful to clean your phone’s camera lens where dust or lint can collect.

SHOOTING LANDSCAPES

Amazing outdoor photography is some of the most popular content on Instagram. The best shots definitely take work to find, but once you arrive they are worth every shot you can grab.

Big Scenes With Tiny Subject

The Wide Lens is the tool of choice for capturing impressive landscapes. Its wide field of view allows you to capture more of your scene and helps to convey to the viewer the enormity of your surroundings.

Depending on the scene you are shooting, a way to give the viewer more perspective is to place an object they are familiar within the shot (ie. a hiker, tent or vehicle). By doing this you can create a more intriguing landscape photo that is sure to impress your viewers.

Bradley Castaneda

Perspective: Getting More in Frame

Creating a sense of depth in landscape photographs is a proven method to help make the viewer feel as if they are within the frame. To do this, frame the image in a way that equally emphasizes the foreground and the background — with the focus of the image manually adjusted to the background of the scene. Shooting in RAW or TIFF mode, all that is required in post-processing is an increase to the shadows for the image to look properly exposed throughout, resulting in an image that invites the viewer in. Moreover, the overall composition will feel more detailed and three-dimensional.

Griffin Lamb

Framing The Landscape

Frame the shot by using the natural surroundings to lead your eye to what you want to highlight in the image. The reason this can be so powerful in landscape photography is because landscapes can overwhelm the eye. By focusing the viewer to something within the landscape whether it be a person, a peak, or even a reflection, you are able to showcase the landscape’s scale in a more meaningful way.

You can also play with center of off-center framing of the scene. It can add variety to your shots.

Jonathan Sweet

ARCHITECTURE

The Wide Lens makes architecture photography a lot of fun. Rather than only showing a single subject, you are able to shoot wide enough to show the scale of your main subject next to its surroundings.

Using Lines To Avoid Distortion

Getting Started: Moment Wide Lens
Getting Started: Moment Wide Lens
Getting Started: Moment Wide Lens

When taking photos of architecture it’s important to be aware of lines in the image in order to avoid any distortion and line tilt in the photo. Look out for patterns and repetition, visually these two elements play a huge role in creating interesting perspective and giving scale to your photograph.

Gareth Pon

Stepping Back

Getting Started: Moment Wide Lens

One advantage of being able to shoot wide in an architectural space is that you can fit more of the scene into the frame. The wide lens allows you to shoot in smaller spaces because you can “step back” optically in a space where you physically can’t step back any further. This ability to shoot wider lets you convey the vastness of a space in a single frame and tell a more comprehensive story.

Pei Ketron

Balancing Your Shot

It’s always interesting to experience with architecture composition. Because the wide lens captures such a big scene, i often center focus the shot so it stands out more compared to everything around it. Then with the focus point in the middle, try framing the photo is such a way that the rest of image encompasses the subject. Another thing to remember is that with a center focus point be sure check the edges of the shot in order to make sure that the photo is balanced between the center and the rest of the image.

Varun Thota

VENUES

Venues with large groups of people, especially stadiums, can result in amazing shots on the Wide lens. The context of people and light and shape are really fun to experiment with.

Playing With Sunlight

Shooting at a stadium during the golden hour can be incredible, especially in stadiums with long, extended arch designs and unique roof designs .  The long shadows create a dynamic contrast, and you can use the lighting to focus the viewer’s attention on different aspects of the stadium.  Every 5 minutes, the light changes, so you can capture a lot of different images all from the same location.  Try adjusting the contrast and highlights in post to give the shot an HDR feel. Or boost the contrast to really make the illuminated areas pop.

Jeff Marsh

Putting The Stadium In Context

The best spot to capture the entire stadium setting is from a corner of the stadium, at the highest possible vantage. Shooting from the corner helps narrow the view, so you can fit everything into a single frame. When you are elevated from the playing field, it allows to show the grandeur of the setting, and makes the playing field seem quite small. You are also able to get a better angle on the sunset, the surrounding cityscape, and the fans below.

Jeff Marsh

Using Stadum Lighting

Most stadiums have lighting on, even during the high noon hour. Using this lighting, in addition to the sunlight, can really create some unique images. Try using the sunlight to front-light a subject, and use the stadium lights to backlight the same subject. This will add some incredible lighting effects. The stadium lights add a mystic glow.

Jeff Marsh

Proper Selfies

Getting Started: Moment Wide Lens

The best stadium selfie is before or after the match, when all the seats are empty, and from a really great vantage. Find a spot in the upper deck, up against a railing so that you look like you are hovering above the playing field. Make sure that both you and the field are covered evenly in light. Use the wide lens to capture as much of the stadium as possible, showing the awesome setting you are experiencing.

Jeff Marsh

FOOD

Food photography leaves endless room for creativity. Whether it’s a crowded dinner table, coffee shop counter, or farmers market booth – the different colors and shapes of food inspire brilliant photography. Experimenting with light, composition, and context will lead to unique images that come to life.

Using Natural Light

Natural light is so important for photography, but especially for food photography—if the food doesn’t look appetizing, your photo will look bad, no matter how well you composed it. I look for even natural lighting, like outdoors on a cloudy day, to get a clean photo and show off the true colors of the food. I love natural light coming through a window because it adds some soft shadows around plates and cups, giving the photos some depth, and amplifying the food’s texture. Overhead sunlight is usually too harsh and unattractive for food photos, but early morning sunlight and long shadows casting over the table can be fun and challenging to play with, and it helps set the mood—it makes a breakfast scene feel more like morning.

Julia Manchik

Giving The Scene Context

Food photography doesn’t have to be serious. One of the most playful aspects is how you use objects in the scene to provide context to the meal. Plates, bowls, table decorations, and even syrup can help to tell the story of the meal. And since meals are a time for people to connect, context can enable the viewer to feel like they literally sitting at the table with you.

Cubby Graham

Composition

Using odd numbers of elements in your shot is an easy way to balance your composition when capturing food. Objects typically look better in 3s, 5s or 7s than they do in pairs. This allows you to play with asymmetry and a nice balance of order and chaos. Also be sure to think about scale. Using a big element as an anchor and focal point is common practice, but balance it with medium and small objects to contrast its size. Alternatively, get in tight on something small. If you have something big, something medium and something really small, they usually balance themselves nicely.

And remember, sometimes what you don’t see is more interesting than what you do. Consider extreme crops that hint at what the rest of the plate might contain. For example, the corner of a grapefruit is enough to know it’s a grapefruit and can provide more visual interest and intrigue than showing the whole object.

Lauren Cascio