Compositing Photorealistic Lens Effects In Nuke

🔒 Make your composites look photographic by recreating real lens characteristics…

Compositing Photorealistic Lens Effects In Nuke

🔒 Make your composites look photographic by recreating real lens characteristics.

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To make your composites look photographic, it’s important to learn how a real lens affects the light passing through it. 

Due to its construction and the environment in which it's being used, a lens introduces a range of specific aberrations, distortions, and anomalies to the image. 

In this massive, in-depth guide (100+ pages) we’ll examine: 

  • How refraction works and why it’s important for capturing images. 

  • How the lens assembly guides light to the camera sensor. 

  • 19 different ways a physical lens affects the captured image. 

  • How you can replicate all of those 19 lens effects in Nuke. 

  • The order in which to apply the lens effects to your composite. 

Just before we begin I would like to define the overarching theme to keep in mind on your journey through this guide: 

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A crucial part of taking your composites to the next level is to infuse your CG renders, matte paintings, and 2D elements with the imperfections of real life – by mimicking how a physical lens would capture it all.

Okay, let's start off by taking a look at why refraction is so important for taking pictures.