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Old 12-09-2009, 11:58   #1 (permalink)
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wide angle lens for interior photography

I am doing some interior photography in a problematic scenario. Gorgeous home. High ceilings. Dim lighting. Narrow room. Shorter, wide openings between rooms, difficult to get awesome high feeling of room.

What lens would people recommend? I do not have $1700 for a lens. I'm on a bargain basement budget. (However, should I ever win the lottery, I don't mind knowing about $1700 lenses, but I'd like some other options.

I own a Nikon D80.

Any other tips on how to work the lighting in this scenario would be appreciated.
So far, a slow shutter speed and F11 to 13 are working out ok.

Thanks for any feedback.
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Old 12-09-2009, 19:04   #2 (permalink)
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Re: wide angle lens for interior photography

I use a Sigma 10-20 f4 and am very pleased with the results.

My post here might be worth looking at - and the rest of the thread that it is in too.

As a guide, One-stop are selling the new 10-20 f3.5 for 406 GBP and the older f4 one for 334 GBP

In the other thread, Raymo put forward an alternative thought

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Old 12-09-2009, 22:13   #3 (permalink)
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Re: wide angle lens for interior photography

Thanks so much for your reply! I appreciate the links and all of the information!

I was wondering -- will the Sigma 10-20 barrel out the perspective of the room too much? I do not want that effect going on in the interior photos that I have to take.
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Re: wide angle lens for interior photography

I have taken a few shots like this in National Trust Buildings. I have used a 24mm lens take the image in portrait mode and take at least four overlapping shots to create a panorama. I use a tripod and no flash but take multiple exposures so that I can use HDR techniques. Generally I process the HDR sets then stitch the images to give the panorama.
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Old 12-09-2009, 23:09   #5 (permalink)
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Re: wide angle lens for interior photography

Yeah I was wondering if I should use the same method of stitching three shots and do a panorama of the room, since it is both narrow and tall.

The interior lighting is a real problem to work with -- but I guess it is about the same as in lofty cathedrals. This has a cathedral like ceiling, but of course, not so grand as in a huge church. It is a Spanish misison style house.

How do you correct the barreling effect that sometimes occurs with wide angle lenses? This is something that I have not heard about before.
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Re: wide angle lens for interior photography

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I was wondering -- will the Sigma 10-20 barrel out the perspective of the room too much? I do not want that effect going on in the interior photos that I have to take.
It will, and unfortunately I believe just about all lenses that go this wide will give the same effect.
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How do you correct the barreling effect that sometimes occurs with wide angle lenses? This is something that I have not heard about before.
Have a look at this tutorial from one of our members Rob, he uses the technique for exterior views but I believe the principles will be the same no matter what the subject matter is.

http://www.pixalo.com/community/tuto...ght=correcting

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Re: wide angle lens for interior photography

Barrel distortion is, as Sonsey says, a characteristic of all wide angle lenses, but is different from converging verticals. It is correctable in Photoshop, but the concept of doing a vertical panorama is a way that you could maybe use a less wide lens and minimise any barrel distortion.

I think there is specialised software that will also correct distortion of all types, but I guess that it is going to depend on how much of this sort of photography you are going to do that will ultimately determine if you want to invest in that, or refine a technique that will give you the results you want with the minimum effort and expense.
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Re: wide angle lens for interior photography

If you have Photoshop there is a plug in that works very well PTlens it's not a lot of money and comes with a standalone application in case you don't use photoshop. It's very good because for most corrections it already has the lens/camera/focal length combination in the database and does a pretty good of getting rid of distortions.
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Re: wide angle lens for interior photography

I think that Rob Barron's tutorial is adequate to correct any distortion issues I may encounter. I'm mainly in the spot where, due to narrowness of room, and placement of large furniture, that I cannot get the width or height of the room easily. So, another idea that someone here suggested was stitching the photos together in photoshop. I might try that.

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Re: wide angle lens for interior photography

If you have plenty of time and good tripod then you should definitely think about HDR it can deal with very difficult scenes with a high dynamic range. If you think you will be doing a lot of stitching then again a specialist tripod head might be one for you to try. Like this one
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another issue that I may post as a new thread is lighting. The ceilings are lofty, the lighting is minimal, the windows are few. It's not a setting where I can easily bring my own lighting. What are some tips or methods of addressing those issues? I'm running into a brick wall on solutions

I could use some help!

Should I post this as a totally new topic -- I'm not sure of the thread rules here.
Yes - if you want lightitng advice, please use the Lighting Forum
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thanks. will do.
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Re: wide angle lens for interior photography

If you are not going to use this lens often, perhaps you could look into hiiring one, or; perhaps borrowing a lens from a friend?

To me, it seems like $1700 is a lot of money for a lens that you may not use often...

Also, give the HDR technique a go as I think that it should assist you to even out the lighting a lot more and (perhaps) easier than trying to introduce artificial lighting.

Good Luck and please let everyone know how you progress with your shots...

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The shot below is taken with a canon 10mm - 22mm set at 10mm. This is an HDR using 5 Raw exposures at 2 stop intervals. These were processed in Photomatix and the dynamic range was about 16 to 18 stops.



The shot below is based on 4 stitched shots but each shot was three exposures also processed in Photomatix. The four HDR images were stitched using PS CS3. The lens for this was also the Canon10-22mm but set at 12 mm.



I do not think any distortions are noticable in the first 10mm shot seeing as it has done rather well in international competitions. However, in the second the distortion you can clearly see is caused by rotating the camera on the shutter plane. You should rotate the camera on the plane of the front lens; I am quite happy to admit to having learnt this since taking this shot.
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Dave... the first shot has got me hooked....
Bloomin' Brilliant.

I now gotta go do some "HDR" experiments of me own...
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