I have noticed that a lot of photos published online now suffer from volume deformation. The above photo, courtesy of DxO, shows what happens when a group photo of people is made with a wide-angle lens (e.g. a 24mm equivalent) and time is not spent correcting the volumes. In this case, the ladies on the two extremities are deformed compared to the one getting married in the middle. The solution is to use software to correct the image. Personally I use DxO Optics Pro and DxO Viewpoint.
In our era of amateurs taking photos with their mobile phones (which tend to have a fixed wide-angle lens), the above shot is becoming more and more commonplace. I guess people are so used to this volume deformation that they don’t care. Or, maybe, they have no clue how to use simple software like Snapseed to correct the photo before sharing it with their friends. But, well, they are amateurs after all.
But what if we’re talking of professionals? The above shot is in fact on the frontpage of the BBC News website at this very moment and I can’t understand how the BBC finds it acceptable to publish such a deformed photo online. The lady who is voting is stretched and this is an eyesore.
The BBC should have use some volume deformation correction software.
Should they? What do you think?