Do you wanna use all the millimeters of space on your photo? Do you dream of getting interesting Fisheye images with a beautiful frame instead of a black space around the edges? Then this short tip is for you.
I love my simple Fisheye One Green. But I always want to do something to fill the black edges on the frame of a fisheye photo. Especially it concerns evening and night shots when there is a lot of “black” space on the photo, much more than at daytime. But at the same time, I wanted to keep the original image “clean” and, for example, the offered tip “Multiexposure with flowers” doesn’t fit me. So I came up with a pretty simple idea. Shoot doubles with my computer, but cut a black circle on the “computer” images.
All you need is:
- Fisheye camera
- Any other full-frame camera
- Any graphic program
- Tripod (optional)
Load a film in a Fisheye camera and take any picture you want to (shoot at par with the sensitivity of the film). However, this advice is better suited for night and evening shots because the transition from black on the image to the to black on the frame is smoother with such images. Why do I suggest to shoot with a Fisheye first? Because then, you can find a suitable framework more easily according to the taken image.
After you end up your roll, we turn to the second part – finding and preparing images for framework. You can choose any image you like for frames (black-and-white, color, old photos, or patterns), but it should be noted that a large part of the image will be replaced with black circles. Then, draw a black circle in the center of selected images using any graphic program. I didn’t care a lot about size of circle, I drew it on the eyes. You should have something similar.
But it would be better if the drawn circle will be slightly smaller than the original Fisheye image. Since the transition from the frame to the picture will not stand out in the photo. Unfortunately I realized it only after the first shot roll.
Then, load the film again to any of your full-format cameras (I used a Zenit 122). Put it on a tripod (although you could shoot without it if you trust your hands) in front of a monitor with the earlier prepared pictures open, and shoot. Don’t forget to set the film speed one step up (I used 200ISO, so I set it to 400ISO).
Good luck in your experiments.