The wide-angle lens is also great for snapshots. For one thing, it has technical advantages – it’s less susceptible to camera-shake and allows a greater depth of field. For another, its wide field angle gives you an edge when it comes to capturing subtle human interactions, or snatching that rare and unexpected photogenic moment that can show up in the most banal of everyday scenes.
Portraits are another genre you really should try with the wide-angle lens on the DP1x. The telephoto lens is the mainstream choice for this type of shot, so using a wide-angle lens adds a fresh twist right away. For a classic headshot, use portrait (vertical) orientation. Whether you shoot in portrait or landscape, you can inject a sense of depth and a dash of drama by cleverly incorporating the existing background, or by arranging background objects yourself.
Most photographers start out with an interest in using telephoto lenses. An obsession with wide-angle lenses tends to follow later. What gets them hooked on the wide-angle lens is its versatility and its infinite potential for artistic expression. This type of lens brings all sorts of extraneous objects into the frame, so it can be tricky to master. The effort is more than repaid, however, by the extra scope for dramatic staging. In terms of sheer artistic enjoyment, the wide-angle lens gets more and more rewarding as you go up the learning curve.