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The spatial relationship between the camera and various objects within the field of view of a scene.

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What does it really mean that telephoto lenses "flatten" scenes?

This is another perspective distortion question. I understand that perspective distortion is primarily a function of capture and viewing distance, but I am still working on fully understanding the ...
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Will a tilt-shift lens solve my 'leaning building' shots?

I shoot primarily with a Nikon D300, and that's not likely to change soon. The camera does everything I need it to do, but this. I also use a 17–55 mm lens, which I know that Thom castigates as ...
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Is there a difference between taking a far shot on a 50mm lens and a close shot on a 35mm lens?

I am looking for a prime lens to pick up, and I'm wondering if there is any difference between 35mm and 50mm in terms of the end product if I just stand back more with the 50mm. I use the Sony a6000 ...
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How do people shoot very large moon views?

I see pictures of the moon that looks like it is very close to the earth; I am wondering whether they are real or is there a trick to show the moon that big? Here is an example: http://www....
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How can I stitch a panorama correctly if I moved the camera along the horizontal axis?

Here in Argentina, we have a very fancy street called "Lanin". All the houses and walls on that street have some kind of mosaic stuck to it, and it's very cool. It was made by a local artist who lives ...
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Why don't more people use fisheye lenses as a cheap wide angle lens?

From my understanding, a fisheye lens usually has a coverage of 180 degrees or close to it. Given the extreme coverage and the availability of software that can turn fisheye images back to a ...
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How can I get the horizon and the lighthouse both level in my photo?

I took the following photo on on a recent holiday in southern Italy: I was pleased with the picture, but I could see that the horizon wasn't level, so I adjusted it (a simple rotation). The result ...
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What is background compression?

What does the term "background compression" mean? How would you tell you're achieving it, and how would you achieve it? Ideally, the right answer would also explain how this is related to ...
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What is the difference between perspective distortion and barrel or pincushion distortion?

I've heard of: perspective distortion barrel distortion pincushion distortion mustache distortion What are these different types of distortion, and how do they relate? What causes them, and can they ...
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Why does a 50mm lens appear to give a human perspective, rather than a normal lens?

I grew accustomed to the notion that what one sees through a normal lens equates (or is close to) what can be seen with the naked eye (although that is not the "pure" definition of a normal lens, ...
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How to determine camera location from an existing photograph?

I have old photos of a town and landscape around it. I'd like to take these photos again, from the same locations. In some cases I am struggling with finding the original location of the camera. I ...
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Is it fundamentally possible to capture an orthographic image of the real world?

Question: Is it fundamentally possible to capture an orthographic image of the real world? Detail: I recently asked a question involving a stealth suit on Physics SE, and realized that "retro-...
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Why do mountains look so much smaller in a photograph?

I was recently at Yosemite National Park, and every time (been there many times) I am in awe of El Capitan's sheer size; however, when I take a picture of the mountain it always looks so unimpressive. ...
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How to take upright grave stones without squatting down?

My hobby is photo logging old cemeteries, but I am no longer able to squat down to align directly with the upright stones. How can this be done? I see "selfie sticks," but I wonder if such an ...
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Is there a camera device out there that can make a semi- orthographic scan of a large room?

How can I capture a photo similar to the example in a tight space? I've research lightly for a solution to make a picture/scan of an entire wall of a room in a semi- orthographic fashion. I imagine ...
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Why is the background bigger and blurrier in one of these images?

On my EM-10 Mk2, I'm testing a Panasonic 25mm f1.8 (top image) against the 20mm f1.7 (bottom image). I tried to make the lamp take up the same space in the frame before focusing, yet the background ...
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How was the very two-dimensional perspective effect done in this National Geographic lake photo?

I saw this photograph by Ben Leshchinsky: Source I understand that the photograph was taken from a high vantage point, but the rock face seems to be like a wall. What is disorienting is that it ...
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How can I achieve an effect in still photography that's analogous to a cinematographic effect?

I don't know how it's achieved or what it's called, but occasionally in a movie I see an effect in which the perspective of the scene is modified in such a way that the objects that are further away ...
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Why does the same product look different in my shot than it does in an example from a different studio?

I am taking photos of two products which have same shape and size - only their design is different: The picture on left was taken using a different camera/lens in a studio, however the one on right ...
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What is ideal distance to subject for head and shoulder portraits?

Perspective is a matter of distance and has an effect on facial features and the observed three-dimensional feeling in a two-dimensional photograph. Proper lighting is a big part of this, but that's ...
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How can I get headshot portraits with pleasing, natural perspective if I'm constrained to a short distance?

I know in a portrait photo we use distance between camera and the subject in such a way as to create a pleasing and hopefully natural-looking perspective. I think it's good on 1 ~ 1.5 meter to get a ...
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How to correct perspective and geometric distortion?

This is the original photograph I took with a Canon 6D and focal length 80mm (desaturated): I wanted the building to use up more space, so I cropped it: Because of the tilt of the off-center crop, ...
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warehouse interior photography to show scale

I am currently trying to shoot the inside of a client's new building for a brochure, however its rather empty as its new. I want therefore to capture the scale of the place, its quite big! This is ...
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Can a telephoto lens have a wide field of view?

85mm-135mm lenses are great for portraits because of compression perspective distortion, meaning they flatten facial features. However at those focal lengths, you have to step back a few meters from ...
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How to avoid unflattering facial distortion when using a slightly wide angle lens?

A 35mm prime on a full format body (or 24mm on cropped) is a great lens to walk around with. But when one gets too close to someone to take a picture, invariably some of their features are ...
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How to calculate the viewing distance giving natural perspective?

When I move my eye closer to a photograph, it will fill a larger part of my view. When I move further, the area filled by the image will become smaller. Apparently, there must be some point where the ...
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How can I create a distortion-free high-resolution panoramic image of a three dimensional forest from a short distance?

I am building a house at the moment. At the north side of the house there is a forest. I wanted to create a very-high res photo of the forest to create a photo wallpaper (rug? what is the correct ...
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Nikon PC-E Lens .. would it work for me?

I am interested in experimenting with a Nikon PC-E lens (by renting NOT buying!) and I can pair it with an F100, D3100 or D70 body. According to Ken Rockwell's page Nikon 24mm PC-E Compatibility the ...
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What's the difference between zooming in on a subject vs moving closer? [duplicate]

If I stand 10 feet away from a subject and I want a close up shot, I can either zoom in or I can physically move the camera as close as possible to the subject. Which one is a better practice, or is ...
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Photo : inverse of miniature effect

I am very interested in the miniature effect widely used in photography. Which is to make large scenes such as if they were toys. I wonder if the opposite effect was, of giving a tiny object the ...
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What is the image size of the Sun / Moon in the frame with a given focal length?

I'm interested in taking a picture of the Sun / Moon using a telephoto lens. For example like this. It would be very helpful for me to know what the approximate image size of the sun / moon would ...
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Is there a difference between using a telephoto or wide-angle lens for portraits? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which focal-length lens is usually used for portrait photography, and why? Assuming a similar aperture, what difference would you see using a 50mm, 85mm, or telephoto lens for ...
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Distance-creating "lens"?

On another recent question I noted that it's theoretically possible to take "short-range" pictures that have the perspective as if they were taken at a distance, by means of a system of mirrors: To ...
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What is one (single) point perspective photography?

Single point perspective is a technique used in drawing. Using one perspective, parallel lines converge to one point somewhere in the distance. This point is called the vanishing point (VP). This ...
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How much of a difference is there between photos where perspective is fixed in post as opposed to being shot with a tilt lens?

I've been doing some architectural photography and indoors with the Nikon 14-24 f2.8 lens. Most of the time I can get my camera high enough to frame my shot and keep vertical lines vertical. But ...
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Are there any alternatives to the look of the Laowa probe lens?

What I really like about macro photography is that it can be really affordable. Great images can be made with rather low budget gear. Most of the time I use a cheap 90mm macro lens for my images but I ...
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Photography advice for creating building wraps

I'm looking for some advice for a project that I'm planning... I'm going to be photographing the inside of a church for the purpose of creating a large banner to hide some restoration work taking ...
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Does wide angle equivalent in crop sensor skew image?

I see many posts on both this forum and elsewhere the discuss the use of a wide angle on a crop sensor. For example, they discuss how at 14mm lens is 14mm on a 35mm film or full frame, but with a 1....
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Why do large format cameras seem to keep vertical lines vertical rather than converging?

I've noticed that large format cameras seem to keep verticals vertical whereas me shooting with 35mm lenses I get much more convergence. Is this just because the photographers are using architectural ...
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How do I prevent / fix out of square images?

I took photos of a lot of different framed art pieces that I wish to sell. The frames of these art pieces are either square or rectangular. In my images, the top of the frame appears to be wider than ...
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How to get straight vertical lines when photographing from above?

How do one get straight, vertical lines when photographing furniture or objects on a table from an elevated viewpoint? I want to have the walls and the furniture in the background straight, but at the ...
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How can I find the matrix that GIMP used?

I used a perspective transformation on an image in GIMP, but not before I forgot to record the transformation matrix it used. (I need to apply the same transformation to a bunch of other images.) I ...
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Can the spatial distortion of wide-angle photographs be reversed?

I’ve been window-shopping online for a house recently and find that almost all the pictures posted by real estate agents are wide-angle shots, sometimes extremely so. That got me wondering if there's ...
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Are the perspective control advantages of a tilt shift lens less important on higher resolution cameras?

When using a tilt shift lens for perspective control, you can use shift to help account for converging lines such as in a scene of a church from 100ft away. I can also handle this type of perspective ...
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Does shift based perspective correction have any effect on focus?

Consider a photographer with an SLR camera and a PC lens attached in its default, unshifted position, standing on the ground at the base of a columned building whose height is X times that of the ...
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Is distortion on an iPhone primarily due to perspective or does lens distortion play a part, and what can be done about it?

I am researching how to correct any facial distortions seen on an iPhone's front camera. Here is my current understanding of the issue: close-up photos will enlarge nearer facial features such as ...
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How could I show how wide a piece of furniture is?

There's this strikingly wide bed that I want to take a photo of, but I can't quite find an angle that shows this. I tried placing an object (cat) for reference/comparison, but that doesn't show it ...
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How does subject distance get calculated if you shoot using a mirror?

Let's say I am at a gym and need to take a photograph of myself. I can hold out my hand with my D80 to take a picture of myself but the perspective compression would make my face look like Mr. big ...
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Why doesn't my Gimp perspective transform apply to the entire image?

I'm trying to correct the perspective of a photo in GIMP, but I can't seem to get it to apply to the entire image. The transformation applies to a small area and leaves empty white space around it. I ...
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How do I take forced perspective photographs with a point & shoot camera?

My teenage son needs to take some forced perspective shots this weekend as part of a camping/hiking trip. He has a Panasonic DMC-FX01 point and shoot camera. He wants to be able to hold up something ...
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