Removing the Fisheye Effect

Friday, June 5, 2015

There’s no argument that the super-wide angle look makes photos look amazing. In fact, I’ve been wanting to be able to have that field of view ever since I got into photography 5 years ago.

Buying a fisheye lens for my Canon 550D was a rather expensive option but I recently got myself a GoPro Hero4 Silver to do the job. Not quite the same image quality but oh well.

I went to Skyros (a beautiful Greek island) for the weekend and my friend Michael brought his Sigma 15mm 2.8 Fisheye lens. We ended up taking awesome photos with his Canon 6D and my Canon 550D along with the GoPro. Lots of fisheye photos.

Specifically, I liked this one he took of me with his Sigma lens:

Fisheye effect. No edit.

I wanted to use it as my main website photo but after looking at it for a while I got tired of the effect. I guess there’s times that fisheye can simply be too much.

So, I ended up finding out about the Adaptive Wide Angle filter in Photoshop. I was under the impression that editing a photo to remove such an effect would ultimately ruin it.

However, after playing with it for a couple of minutes by adding some horizontal and vertical lines using the Constraint Tool, here’s what I ended up with:

After playing with the Adaptive Wide Angle filter.

I don’t know about you but I think it looks much better now. I’ve tweaked the colors, too!