David Ingraham (@dayzdandconfuzd) is a Los Angeles-based photographer, musician and teacher. His work has been featured in numerous publications such as the Los Angeles Times, Black & White Magazine, American Photo, as well as David Alan Harvey’s Burn Magazine. His work has been exhibited worldwide, from Paris and Istanbul, New York and Toronto, to Los Angeles.
Since 2010, David’s choice of camera has been his iPhone.
The photographer Robert Capa once said, “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” And although there’s definitely some truth to this, as a street photographer, I actually find myself doing the opposite: when shooting in the city streets, I frequently step back in an attempt to try and capture more of the overall scene.
This is the main reason I like to use wide-angle lens attachments for my iPhone: by allowing me to get relatively close to my subject while still including the surrounding environment, I’m able to cram as much of the big city into the little frame as possible.
For me, this not only creates a more dynamic composition, but also helps to capture that sense of vastness one feels in the big city.
But the wide-angle lens attachments I’ve used in the past have always left me frustrated with the overall image quality, mainly due to three specific issues: blurred edges; warped vertical lines; and chromatic aberration.
So needless to say, when I found out that the OOWA lens system specifically addressed these three issues with their noticeably-superior glass, I was eager to give them a try.
The OOWA 15mm wide-angle lens gives me a much less-distorted image than the competition, with a sharpness that goes right to the edge of the frame.
Generally speaking, in street photography, telephoto lenses are frowned upon. Most of the masters of the genre use 35 or 50mm prime lenses. If they need to get closer to their subject, they walk closer.
But with this said, there are no “rules” in street photography, so telephoto lenses can come in handy if you know how to best use them.
When shooting in the streets, I occasionally see something of interest across the street, but it’s just too far away to translate photographically. The OOWA 75mm lens can help me capture these distant scenes without having to use the phone’s digital zoom.
These high-quality OOWA lenses provide me with the image quality I’ve been wanting at a very reasonable price. They’ve become a regular addition to my iPhone arsenal and I look forward to experimenting with them more in the future.
David shot all the images above with the OOWA 15mm and 75mm lenses.
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