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Photography Talk => Photography Discussions => Topic started by: jecoism on March 23, 2008, 01:38:49 PM

Title: Architecture Photography newbie
Post by: jecoism on March 23, 2008, 01:38:49 PM
Hi guys, I'm kind of interested with this kind of photography though, and I just wanna ask those who are pros in this field as to how do they make some building look bent/trapezoidal or the likes?  ???

I mean, with a normal lens, I can make a building look trapezoidal but only with great effort of trying to shoot the building down from the earth and yet I see a lot of architectural pictures that are somehow at an arms level of perspective (forgot the term for this) and still the building's edges looks bent and trapezoidal. Is there such a tool for this?

Sorry for the noob question. Thanks!  :)
Title: Re: Architecture Photography newbie
Post by: creationz on March 23, 2008, 02:57:38 PM
search google for tilt-shift lens
Title: Re: Architecture Photography newbie
Post by: jecoism on March 23, 2008, 04:34:07 PM
Sir, i dont get it. I'm getting a macro picture technique?  ???
Title: Re: Architecture Photography newbie
Post by: bluntman on March 23, 2008, 08:21:56 PM
http://www.shutterbug.net/equipmentreviews/lenses/0801sb_tilt/ (http://www.shutterbug.net/equipmentreviews/lenses/0801sb_tilt/)
Title: Re: Architecture Photography newbie
Post by: jecoism on March 23, 2008, 08:25:44 PM
I see, any thoughts as to how much would these cost? I'm have a Nikon D40x.  :)
Title: Re: Architecture Photography newbie
Post by: creationz on March 23, 2008, 09:45:15 PM
tilt shift lenses are a bit expensive. I checked out BHphoto for the price of a canon tilt shift lense....1,000 dollars.

cant find any nikon tilt shift lense in bhphotovideo...but searched in other sites... and a nikon tilt shift lense is around 1,300 dollars.
Title: Re: Architecture Photography newbie
Post by: nap on March 23, 2008, 11:59:26 PM
Or maybe they used ultra wide angle lenses?
Title: Re: Architecture Photography newbie
Post by: ReeKeeVee on March 24, 2008, 01:03:44 AM
Hi guys, I'm kind of interested with this kind of photography though, and I just wanna ask those who are pros in this field as to how do they make some building look bent/trapezoidal or the likes?  ???

I mean, with a normal lens, I can make a building look trapezoidal but only with great effort of trying to shoot the building down from the earth and yet I see a lot of architectural pictures that are somehow at an arms level of perspective (forgot the term for this) and still the building's edges looks bent and trapezoidal.

@jecoism,

A tilt-shift lens would be useful if you're trying to correct distortions created by perspective. However, from your question above, it sounds as if you're trying to achieve the exact opposite (i.e., you WANT distortion, making the building look "trapezoidal"). If that is indeed what you want, then perhaps all you need is a (relatively less-expensive) wide angle-, or ultra-wide angle lens (as nap suggested). In fact, depending on the building, and if you bought your D40x with the 18-55mm kit lens, your present set-up could already be sufficient for your intended purpose.

Oh, and BTW, I also strongly suggest the use of a tripod to aid in composition.

HTH  :)

Title: Re: Architecture Photography newbie
Post by: tekgik on March 24, 2008, 08:31:31 AM
With the effect that you want an ultra wide angle lens is all you need, just like what Reekeevee mentioned.

For crop sensors like 400d, 30d, 40d, d300, d70, d80 you need at least a 12mm or better a 10mm focal length for that distorted effect.
Title: Re: Architecture Photography newbie
Post by: jecoism on March 24, 2008, 03:47:54 PM
@jecoism,

A tilt-shift lens would be useful if you're trying to correct distortions created by perspective. However, from your question above, it sounds as if you're trying to achieve the exact opposite (i.e., you WANT distortion, making the building look "trapezoidal"). If that is indeed what you want, then perhaps all you need is a (relatively less-expensive) wide angle-, or ultra-wide angle lens (as nap suggested). In fact, depending on the building, and if you bought your D40x with the 18-55mm kit lens, your present set-up could already be sufficient for your intended purpose.

Oh, and BTW, I also strongly suggest the use of a tripod to aid in composition.

HTH  :)



That's exactly what I mean sir! Hehe.. ;D I've tried the kit lens and discovered that I should really bend down to achieve my desired effect. Hehe.. Thanks sir!  ;D