Combo Apps/How to be Creative with a Mobile Fisheye Lens

Rose Garden - Balboa Park

There are a lot of you who have Mobile Fisheye Lenses and don’t know what to do with them. People assume you need to take wide area spaces (like shown up above) or skateboarding photos. A fisheye wasn’t made for taking for just those types of photos, you can do much more with them and be really creative. I’m going to show you how to be creative with your mobile fisheye, so it doesn’t just sit around collecting dust.

Here are some helpful hints to help guide you on your creative exploration with your fisheye. The important thing to remember is the fisheye distortion. Once you are one with the distortion then your eyes will start to open. It’s all about the angles and how use your lenses creatively. Don’t be intimidated with the distortion. Keep shooting until you find an angle you like.


I’ve done some creative upward shot with trees. By using the distortion of a super wide-angle or fisheye to your advantage, you’ll get some creative results. The key was to look for some twisted tangled branches to make the photos work. I was doing these photo right up to having a stroke almost a year ago.

DCkina Fisheye 1

My sister bought some new flowers, so I had to photograph them. She knows I love to photograph flowers up close with a macro lens. Well I have this DCKina 7 lens kit and needed to find something creative with using a Fisheye. I decided to try the fisheye with her flowers to see what results I would get, like show up above. I don’t care if I don’t have the edge to edge sharpness when I do these creative POV (point of view) shots. What I’m looking for is the right amount of sharpness and blurred out edges. I shot the photo with ProCamera 8.

Cropped with PicFrame

The next thing I want to do are crop and cut out the vignettes from the fisheye lens. I use PicFrame to crop my photo into a square and save it for editing.

Snapseed Edit

After the crop I edited my photo with Snapseed, I wanted to make the photo have a retro glow to it and post it later on Instagram.

Snapseed Edit 2

Here is another edit I shot with a fisheye, cropped and edited with Snapseed. Do you noticed the creative angle I used to shoot with fisheye ? You will also notice, I’m now going to edge to edge sharpness. What I want to do is draw you into what is sharp in the photo.

Tip List:

– Make sure the flowers are medium to large to shot.
– Shoot many angles to find your sweet spot.
– Be one with the fisheye distortion and don’t let it intimidate you.
– Make sure you have lots of space on your iPhone or Smartphone before you start shooting away.
– Take and extra battery with you if have a regular iPhone 4 to iPhone 6
– It’s also helps to shoot with Airplane Mode to save on battery.
– Fisheye is a fisheye, use what you have because it works. You don’t need a fancy expensive lens to shoot with this project. Have fun and leave your expectations at the door when doing this project.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post. If you have any questions please leave comments, or email me

Fisheye Flower POV


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5 Responses to Combo Apps/How to be Creative with a Mobile Fisheye Lens

  1. Ithalu says:

    Wow! I need to do this and use the fisheye lens, thank you Tina. I like your pics.

  2. rjllane says:

    Hello ashcroft54 (Tina).

    Just out of curiosity, how many photos might you typically shoot when you are casting around for what you call “the sweet spot” (which is an excellent description)? I might quickly reel off 20 to 50 shots of a flower, changing the composition/viewpoint, the exposure, focal plane.

    ,,, MomentsForZen (Richard)

    • ashcroft54 says:

      I’ll average 3 to 20 photos depending on the subject.

      • rjllane says:

        Hello again ashcroft54 (Tina).

        Many people say to “take lots of photos” but it is never clear just how many shots they are talking about. So thanks for your reply to my question.

        Enjoying your blog posts as always 🙂 … MomentsForZen (Richard)

  3. Thanks Tina, I always look forward to your tips.

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