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Get the shot right in camera

Discussion in 'AP Magazine Feedback & Suggestions' started by Learning, Oct 18, 2019.

  1. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    This is very good advice. Except for one problem. Cost of equipment.
    Provided that one is not pushing the limits of our ordinary lenses, and camera too far, very acceptable results can be obtained by corrections made in affordable software. Perhaps AP could do an article on how to achieve similar results with ordinary enthusiast equipment and software costing under fifty quid.
  2. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    There's also the old trick of using a wide angle, keeping the image plane upright and using only the upper part of the image.
  3. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    That's what I used to do before I bought a 24 mm TSE.

    Wednesday morning someone was setting up to take a picture of the Eastgate clock in Chester using a large format camera - it looked very big - do they come in 16x12 sizes?
  4. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Well-Known Member

    As to software solutions, Gimp is free, and can do such corrections, in the same way Photoshop does.
    It is far less restrictive than specialist lenses or cameras. As you can do it with any lens from extreme wide angle to long zoom.
  5. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    You can correct small amounts of shift in software, how small depends on what size the final picture will be viewed, but not tilt.
  6. Bazarchie

    Bazarchie Well-Known Member

    As much as I would like a TSE lens I cannot justify the cost given the very limited times I would use it, hence I rely on software. How often to you use your lens Pete?
  7. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    It varies. It did take me 2 years to decide to buy it and it is the mk ii. Probably, as a rare lens, it will not lose value. At the time I was into photographing churches for my wife's family history project and it was a massive improvement on using half-frame @17 mm on a 17-40 L mounted on a 5D. It is my goto lens for architecture even though I haven't that much patience. I think it will be great with a future Canon mirrorless EVF. The current 5 series, with the LCD overlay in the viewfinder, only gives focus confirm on the center point and doesn't show the plane of focus as the 5D did.
  8. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Well-Known Member

    On a tilt shift lens the tilt moves the plane of focus while the shift moves the image circle relative to the sensor. Neither can be done in software, however software can adjust the image geometry so as to correct for architectural type distortions and vignetting.

    However stitching software gives additional options, especially if considered prior to taking the images. It allows you to change the field of view, the position of the horizon, the geometry of the projection as well as ability to increase the depth field by focus fusion, and even increase the tonal range by exposure fusion.
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2019
  9. daft_biker

    daft_biker Action Man!

    They are good fun just to play around with too.

  10. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    They do come big - very big. Edwin Land's special projects team at Polaroid produced a 20 x 24 inch at one time. Only 7 are known to have been built and 6 are thought to have survived.

    15 x 12 cameras were not uncommon in the 19th century. There's a piece here about restoring one: https://britishphotohistory.ning.com/profiles/blogs/a-j-t-chapman-british-15-x-12-camera-of-c1888

    10 x 8 cameras were common up until the 1970s and they look very impressive when seen out in the wild (although they were generally used in studios mounted on very large and heavy "studio stands").

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