The Art Of Distortion

January 10, 2019 | Leave a Comment |

1a_20111203_ANThalfmoonisland_411-Edit

1b_20111203_ANThalfmoonisland_411-Edit-Edit

1          Correct lens distortion

2a_20100924_AFRNamibiaSossusvleiAerials_0264

2b_20100924_AFRNamibiaSossusvleiAerials_0024

2          Remove or reduce panoramic stitch distortions

3a_Reflection_XXV_5

3b_Reflection_XXV_5 copy

3          Modify proportion globally including the aspect ratio of the frame

4_Correspondence_SonatainBlueV_2001_5

4b_Correspondence_SonatainBlueV_2001_5

4          Modify proportion locally within the frame

5a_Antarctica_2009-CII copy

5b_Antarctica_2009_CII

5          Change proximity

6a_14_Skogafoss

6b_14_Skogafossb

6          Enhance gesture

We accept the distortions angle of view and lens choice create without a second thought yet rarely do we give a second thought to the possibilities of expressively distorting our photographs during post-processing. The dazzling array of new tools at our disposal begs us to reconsider this. You need to know what’s possible, whether your goal is to correct the distortions introduced by the tools you use or to aesthetically refine or expressively enhance your images, a little or a lot, or to simply know what other photographers have done so that you can understand their creations better. Learn to see with new eyes and a vast new horizon of possibilities will reveal itself to you.

Awareness of the distortions produced by an angle of view and lens choice is the beginning of using them creatively. Curiously, permission is the beginning of using distortion in post-processing creatively. Many people have been told that it’s inappropriate to do so. Why? Why accept an unintended mechanical bi-product but not a consciously intended effect? Why take such a powerful tool for expression off the table? While you can, you don’t have to distort your images to the point that they look like they’re being seen in a fun house hall of mirrors. Even the subtlest applications of distortion can produce powerful results. Once you understand what kinds of distortions are possible in post-processing you’ll frequently find yourself changing your angle of view or repositioning yourself during exposure.

6 Strategies For Using Distortion In Images

Here’s a short list of six strategies you can use when considering distorting your images creatively.

1          Correct lens distortion; straighten a horizontal or vertical while correcting barrel or pin cushion distortion.

2          Remove or reduce panoramic stitch distortions; undistort edges or smooth out uneven horizontals or verticals.

3          Modify proportion globally including the frame; make images more or less horizontal or vertical or even turn one into another.

4          Modify proportion locally within the frame; adjust the height and width of both objects and areas.

5          Change proximity; push together or pull apart items.

6          Enhance or change gesture; make a leaning object more tilted or straighten it out.

Photoshop's 11 Weapons Of Mass Distortion


Insights Members can login to read the full article.
Email:

1

Awareness of the distortions produced by angle of view and lens choice is the beginning of using them creatively. Curiously, permission is the beginning of using distortion in post-processing creatively. Many people have been told that it's inappropriate to do so. Why? Why accept an unintended mechanical by-product, but not a consciously intended effect? Why take such a powerful tool for expression off the table? Even the subtlest applications of distortion can produce powerful results. Once you understand what kinds of distortions are possible during post-processing, you may even find yourself changing your angle of view during exposure.

There are many reasons why you might want to distort an image. Here are four:

1. Correct optical distortion that can be produced by many things, including lens choice, angle of view, motion, panoramic stitches, etc. You can choose to make the selection of a wide-angle lens less about distortion and more about including more.

2. Modify proportion; adjust the height and/or width of objects and/or areas. Just for starters, take off the 10 pounds that the camera adds on.

3. Change proximity; reduce or increase the spaces between objects. Make things feel more or less related.

4. Enhance or change gesture; make a leaning object more tilted or straighten it out. Think of this as adding the words "very" or "less" into a sentence.

When exploring the many distortion tools in Photoshop, you'll find that the Liquify filter is one of the most powerful. The Liquify filter is so powerful that, when in use, it offers its own toolbar and menus, somewhat like Camera Raw. To get the most of the Liquify filter, it's worth taking the full tour ...

Read all the details on Digital Photo Pro.

Photoshop's sophisticated distortion capabilities are relatively new to photography and so is the mind-set of using them to photographers. Both are worth acquiring. Everyone can find a use for them, at one time or another, if not on every image. As every photographer uses distortion to one degree or another, ultimately what separates photographers is not whether they use distortion, but when, how and why they use it. The same tools can be used to achieve entirely different effects. There's a world of difference between using distortion to remove process artifacts for more accurate representations, using distortion to aesthetically refine the formal qualities of images and using distortion to expressively interpret subjects. Intent is everything. Practice is a reflection of intent. Simply asking yourself how far you are and aren't willing to go and, finally, why, will help clarify yours. Consider these questions seriously, and you'll find your vision will grow stronger and clearer.

Learn more in my digital photography and digital printing workshops.


Insights Members can login to read the full article.
Email:

Russell Preston Brown demos the latest Photoshop CC updates.
Smooth out Liquify corrections.
Easily make selections of targeted regions.

Get Photoshop CC & Lightroom 5 for $9.99 a month.
Offer good through Dec 2, 2013.

View more Photoshop Videos here.
Learn more in my digital photography and digital printing workshops.


Insights Members can login to read the full article.
Email:

Learn Julieanne Kost’s top 5 favorite new features in Photoshop including refinements to the Crop Tool, Liquify, nondestructive editing with Blur Gallery and increased efficiency with Conditional Actions, practical default Type Styles and support for Retina displays on Macintosh.

View more Photoshop Videos here.

Learn more in my digital photography and digital printing workshops.


Insights Members can login to read the full article.
Email:

Adobe has been releasing a series of Photoshop CS6 Sneak Peeks.

Above are the first 3.

Find Adobe's Julianne Kost's 8 part video series on Lightroom here.


Insights Members can login to read the full article.
Email:

Subscribe

Get the RSS Feed  

Subscribe by Email