Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Technique Tuesday: Be Prepared To Be (Partially) Transformed!

Good Morning Everybody,
Wow! What a crowd we had last night in Phoenix - our biggest yet! It turned out to be another "International Digital Photography Symposium" since we had several visitors from Mexico join us. Thanks for making the trip and to everyone who attended last night's presentation.

We woke to a beautiful sunrise here in Phoenix this morning after catching up on a little sleep and having experienced a long (time zone change) day. We are heading to Tucson in just a bit, but not before I point you towards a pretty cool Technique Tuesday below. It's sort of a combo between photography and Photoshop. I hope you enjoy it. Here we go...

Be Prepared To Be (Partially) Transformed!
Last week I posted and image entitled "Standing Tall". It was made with my very wide 12-24mm Sigma on my Canon 5D. I didn't think it showed much distortion, but my blog editor and wife thought otherwise. I had experimented with correcting wide angle lens distortion before but never really thought about it much after the first experiments. Anyway, after looking at the image again, I thought I would re-visit my experimental techniques which, BTW, are pretty simple. So hit the PLAY button and be prepared to be transformed.


  1. Interesting tutorial ... although ... have you considered using the lens correction filter.

    Filter>Distortion>Lens Correction

    It has quite a few controls that can assist with distortion, chromatic aberration, vignetting, etc ... all from one workspace with a grid overlay to assist with alignment.

  2. Nice trick! It turned out looking completely natural. I'm jotting that one down in my notebook....

    sandi miller
    Queen Creek, AZ

  3. You were up for the sunrise? You're a better man than I am my friend..... I got back to Prescott about 2:30AM and was out until well after the sun was up.

    Thanks again for a great session. It was a pleasure meeting you and LaDawn both.

  4. The background looks really odd in the final result.

  5. Consider DXO Optics Pro product. I know, just what you need - another piece of software. But it does an amazing job removing distortion.

  6. I like the effort, but with all respect: the end result doesn't look all that natural. Especially the guy's left arm looks horrible: his forearm is waaaay too short compared to the rest of his arm. Also the pilars of the church look unnaturally distorted unlike the lens distortion you would expect.

    I like your blog and tutorials, but this one in my very humble opinion is a no no...

  7. Another Vote for DXO Optics plus it has one of the best noise reduction engines on the market. Check out the free trial.