You may have noticed on your camera the two interlinking circles, and took a sample photo only to discover the picture you took was out of focus in an oddly circular way, like the camera had suddenly formed a bubble in the center. This is called the fish eye effect, and the Powershot SX530 HS has the power to mimic this incredibly interesting lens.
Well that’s just dandy. What on earth am I going to do with a distortion filter?
Unfortunately, the Powershot SX530 HS’s fish eye filter isn’t nearly as cool as an actual fish eye lens. A real fish eye lens takes a super wide angle shot so you can get as much of a dazzling panorama or fit a large group of people into a closeup shot. Fish eyes can also do macro shots very well, allowing for you to take a closeup photo of a super long bug or get some of the meadow into a closeup of a flower.
I was super excited to test out the fish eye filter on this camera, only to discover that its just a distortion. You can get the same effect with photoshop. As a blogger, this doesn’t terribly bother me too much, but if your blog surrounds astronomy, or vacation spots, you may want a different camera.
So what can this camera’s fish eye filter actually do?
One of the photography websites for real fish eye lenses recommended leaving it on for a week or so and taking a lot of photos with it, so that is just what I did. I discovered that the fish eye filter actually has a lot of uses for the every day blogger, and I highly recommend trying it for yourself to give your ordinary shots a little extra spice.
In particular I discovered that it takes stinking cute photos of your dogs when you switch to macro photos, and again great shots of plants and other extremely close up photos. I was not so enamored with the distance photos, since at that point it just looked like a weird bubble in the photo, but I imagine if I had the opportunity to take a photo off the top of a building or up at some sky scrapers it might make for some interesting photography.