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Do cameras ?

Really show how big something is or shows how something really looks?

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  • 1 month ago
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     Look at a photo and tilt it. The photo looks different. To be realistic you have to look at a photo head on, but also you have to be the correct distance from the photo.

     "you have to look at a photo head on", yes, that also means that if you move your eye from the center of the photo you are not looking at that part of the photo head on! So as soon as you look away from the center (as taken by the camera, not as cropped later on) you are distorting the image.

     Depth of field! Things in the background are out of focus. Things too close to the camera are out of focus. That doesn't happen with eyes, in real life as you look around your eyes re-focus immediately for any distance. (Unless you need glasses!)

     There is also the problem of whether 'rectilinear' lenses are realistic anyway (see other answer about fish eye lenses). Because the human eye is not 'rectilinear' anyway! (It gets more complicated when you consider brain processing too.)

     On the subject of brain processing, the brain also corrects for color cast, which for a camera you will have to do in Photoshop (or similar software (which may be in-camera)).

    Source(s): Distance or Focal Length?
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  • 1 month ago

    Hi, Ahgase.

    It is complete fallacy to say (as a lot of people do) that "the camera never lies" - hah!

    As a keen amateur photographer I know that this isn't so. Wide-angle lenses distort the image and telephoto lenses may have the effect of making far apart objects appear to be right next to each other.

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    • Quentin
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      Take your zoom lens and from the same position take photos at both extremes, wide and zoomed. On your computer enlarge and crop the center of the wide angle photo to show the same as the zoomed in photo. The perspective will be the same. The only difference will be due to the lower pixel counts!

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  • VP
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Have you ever seen a picture that was taken with a 'fisheye' lens?

    Google it -- I'll wait...

  • 1 month ago

    There's a lot more than just that.

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  • EddieJ
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No.  You've seen photos of things that you've actually seen.  You know that the picture looks different.  Why are you asking about something you've known for your whole life?

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