Weight and Stuff Report – 16 May 2010

Yes, up again today, which might have something to do with last night’s chilli, garlic bread and slightly fizzy wine.

Today’s bit of pictorial fun is the result of a quick play with Photoshop CS5, or more particularly the release candidate of version 6.1 of the Camera Raw Plugin, which includes automagic lens correction. This works with a database of lens and camera profiles, so that lens distortion and chromatic aberration and the like can be sorted out with a lot less effort. There are separate tools to do this sort of thing, but bringing in into Photoshop is going to be a timesaver. What’s even more interesting to me is that this will also be available in Lightroom 3, which should be out before too long.

Anyway, here’s a quick example. This is a picture taken with my fisheye lens:



Now here’s the first thing as adjusted by Camera Raw 6.1:

Insane Distortion!

Insane Distortion!

OK, this is a rather extreme example, and you probably wouldn’t want to use it in this form, but there are nifty sliders to control the level of correction, and you can of course crop the image down to lose the more strange effects at the edges.