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#1 Rob Vogt

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 08:17 AM

I have a shoot coming up where we need to do a shot that resembles a photograph with a cracked lens. Since I don't want to actually crack a lens I was wondering if anyone has any examples of photos so I can see some of the effects. I don't want to just photoshop in a crack and have it look really fake, so I was wondering if anyone has an actual reference I could use.
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#2 David Auner aac

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 08:32 AM

I have a shoot coming up where we need to do a shot that resembles a photograph with a cracked lens. Since I don't want to actually crack a lens I was wondering if anyone has any examples of photos so I can see some of the effects. I don't want to just photoshop in a crack and have it look really fake, so I was wondering if anyone has an actual reference I could use.


Hi Rob,

why not crack a clear filter? Either get a cheap damaged used one or a really cheap glass one.

Cheers, Dave
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#3 Rob Vogt

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 09:22 AM

Hi Rob,

why not crack a clear filter? Either get a cheap damaged used one or a really cheap glass one.

Cheers, Dave


I was thinking of that, but I'm not sure if there would be light leaks caused by the crack which definitely wouldn't happen if only the UV filter was affected.
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#4 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 09:50 AM

I would certainly try out the filter route. Why not just get a clear for a stills camera and crack it as a test?
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#5 Chris Keth

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 09:59 AM

You would really have to smash a lens bad to get light leaks and then it wouldn't form an image. I would crack a filter and shoot the scene. Then, in post, you can do some alterations to some of the sections formed by the cracks. Perhaps you throw some of the middle sections out of focus and/or create some color shifts or chromatic aberration look. You could be pretty creative with it since it's not an effect seen much. I don't really even know what that would look like in general. I have a lens for my 4x5 with a cracked element, but it's all in place and you can't even tell.
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#6 Rob Vogt

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 10:10 AM

Ok y'all have convinced me. As a test I will break the lens of a disposable camera as well just out of curiosity to see the difference.
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#7 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 10:23 AM

Nice!
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#8 John Sprung

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 12:50 PM

Not even an old filter -- for this, a scrap of old window glass would work fine. Get some good gloves, and dumpster dive behind a glass shop. ;-)




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#9 David Auner aac

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 04:35 PM

Hi John,
good tip. You're the perfect one for that topic! I bet you know what Sprung means in German?
Crack, as is a crack in a piece of glass! :D

Cheers, Dave
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#10 John Sprung

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 07:43 PM

Hi John,
good tip. You're the perfect one for that topic! I bet you know what Sprung means in German?
Crack, as is a crack in a piece of glass! :D

Cheers, Dave


Interesting -- I was told it meant Jump.



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#11 Chris Millar

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 08:05 PM

A cracked lens will just give you a low con/flared out possibly ghosted image - focal length and aperture should change things quite a bit, so a zoom would be a good option.

For a really obvious cracked lens gag - at least, what an audience will expect of a cracked lens image - I think the suggested broken glass in a matte box will be the eventual winner.

Try both I guess - post the results ;)
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#12 David Auner aac

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 02:04 AM

Interesting -- I was told it meant Jump.


Yes, that to! LEO Dictionary on Sprung

Cheers, Dave
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