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    How to prevent "fall away".

    My neighbor wants me to photograph her home (exterior) with B&W film.Not a problem.Is there a lens (other then PC) or technique that will prevent the fall away effect so prevalent when shooting architecture?

    Thanks.

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    A tilt /shift lens on a 'normal' camera or a rising front on a field/view camera is the usual way but it can be done without them.

    If the film plane is vertical then verticals in the image will not converge. The problem with this is that the centre of the image will be at the same height as the camera lens. Getting to a higher vantage point with a ladder, scaffolding, top of a van, etc. may help.

    Ideally, you want the lens to be at the same height as the mid point of the building.


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    If you print in a conventional darkroom, you can tilt the easel to minimize the problem. Some enlargers allow you to tilt the lens stage as well. It works the same way a view camera with movements works. You'll have to stop the lens down pretty far to get the depth of focus you need to pull it off, and you can't do too much. In Photoshop, there are other ways to fix the problem.
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    mike,
    what lenses do you have ?
    i often shoot architecture with a 28mm lens not a pc lens.
    as steve says, a tall ladder
    level the camera - i use a post level on my flash mount
    or a regular spirit level... any level will work.

    i have also fixed converging lines in the darkroom with a durst enlarger
    tilting the lens stage and easle and stopping way down.

    have fun!

    john

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    You can also use a wider angle lens and crop, keeping the camera level of course.

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    I got good architecture shots with a 24mm, just raise the camera a bit and level.
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    All great ideas!!
    I have a 24mm Nikkor & a shoe mount spirit level.Give it a shot tomorrow morning (when the light is to my liking).

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    Exposing with camera [film plane plumb] in portrait orientation is one way I make a short-cut, planning to crop off some of the frame's bottom. Think "24mm format" - the lightweight square format.

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    Higher vantage point that's right. The neighbour's across the road?

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    ...and then you photograph this neighbour's house from the first neighbours' s and your earn twice as much
    and then you do the same trick with everyone else on the street... hehe

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