Wide angle distortion

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  1. Emerana

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    I rented a EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 for my upcoming trip to Chicago. I really want to do some architecture shots. I think that distorted look is cool, but how can you fix that? I am now working with lightroom and CS3 although I am VERY new to both programs.
     
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    Couldn't you just step away from your subject?
     
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    What?
    Do you want that distorted look, or don't you?
     
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    some times want it, sometimes dont. step away? hummm...isnt there a way to fix it in photoshop?
     
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    are you talking about the "fish-eye" kinda look?
     
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    Select the entire image and use the Transform or skew command to play with it.
     
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    Would a shift lens work? (I'm not sure if you can get one wide enough).
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Yes, a tilt/shift lens is often used in architectural photography and can help you to prevent converging lines like the sides of a tall building.

    I believe the widest Canon TSE is 24mm...which isn't very wide on a crop body.
     
  9. Alfred D.

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    Yes, there is. But before someone goes to the trouble to explain it all to you, and you subsequently turn around to ask deadpan how to do the opposite – to achieve that wide angle effect – I think you better first make up your mind which you want, Emerana.
     
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    Seriously, what are you talking about? Never freaking mind, I will figure it out on my own :thumbdown:
     
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    In Photoshop CS2 and CS3 I think the best way is to use Filter>Distort>Lens Correction, and turn the grid on. If you do it that way on the uncropped camera image you will not affect the aspect ratio of the building. If you use the Transform tool you need to expand the top and contract the bottom, so the centerline stays the same width. The Lens Correction filter does that for you automatically.

    You don’t always need a shift lens (tilt is not usually necessary for architectural work) to get it right in camera. You can simply use a wide enough lens to get the whole building in without tilting the camera, then crop the bottom off.


    Best,
    Helen
     
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    +1 to Alfred being a snobby troll.
     

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