Beyond the Lens

Digital Adjustment of Wide Angle Perspective
written by: Thomas K. Sharpless

A few years ago I began to wonder why there were no photographs that looked like the impressive wide-angle cityscapes painted in 18th Century Italy. You can see those on every postcard rack in Rome and Venice, beside modern photographic views—and the photos look narrow and drab by comparison. Surely, I thought, photographers could do better than that. I’ve learned how to make photographs that can at least stand up to comparison with 18th Century view paintings, and I know why there were no such photos before. It is because you can’t take pictures like that with a lens. This Read more »