Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Something new...

Tomorrow afternoon I'm trying something new - I've done a bit of architectural stuff before (for my brother) but if this pans out will be taking some shoots for some pretty fancy homes. I did a little practise in my own little house - haven't had a chance to get through all the images, but here's a couple in the meantime.

I am absorbing everything I can regarding the technical issues surrounding architectural photography. Chief amongst them is controlling lens distortion. There are three basic types of lens distortion: barrel, pincushion, and mustache (a combination of barrel and distortion). At wide angles, barrel distortion is prominent; with telephoto, pincushion comes into play. More information can be found here.

Luckily I ran across a program/Photoshop plugin which can correct for any and all types of distortion - it has a library of customized data for pretty much any camera lens you could own, so it reads the lens used and automatically corrects the image = easy-peasy. The best part? It's $25. It's called PTLens and you can check it out here.

The program can run standalone (if you don't have Photoshop) or can be run as a plugin in Photoshop and be used as part of the workflow. Check it out!

1 comment:

Just Rhonda said...

ah so nerdy and so cool at the same time :) And sweet house eh? Good luck!!!!! You'll do great!