Architectural Correction in Software

Narnian

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One thing I like to take pictures of are old buildings and that is one of the main reasons I often used a 6x9 field camera so I could swing and tilt those lenses.

When I wanted corrections on 35mm negatives I would tilt the paper holder (and do some artful dodging, not always successful) to straighten up buildings.

Is this natively available in Lightroom or are their any plug-ins for that can make these sorts of corrections? Or do you need another software package to accomplish this such as CS5?
 

Narnian

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Ah, I found it under manual lens correction. It was buried deeper than I thought. Thanks
 

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Here are a few examples from last week:

Hearst Castle Outdoor Pool
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Olympus 9-18@13mm

Hearst Castle Indoor Pool
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Olympus 9-18@9mm

Hearst Library / Inner Office
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Lumix 20mm

In all 3 cases I adjusted the vertical perspective, corrected barrel distortion, and then cropped slightly. I'm sure I lost a lot of sharpness in the process, but I think the resulting image is easier on the eyes. (I was not going for artiness here, more for snapshot/memories).
 

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Everything I had read about the lens correction capabilities only talked about barrel distortion and chroma corrections so I did not think to look there for perspective correction.

Since I am just getting back into "serious" photography after 25 years I know I need to get my "eye" back so I went out yesterday on a very bright sunny day to shoot white churches - figuring I wanted to get familiar with my new GF1 and Lightroom.

So this is my processed image - with about 90% perspective correction and the yellow filter preset. I plan on working this image (and the other dozen shots of the same church) over the next couple of weeks every which way in color and B&W to get used to Lightroom. This particular composition needs work - I plan on going back later when I get a nice prime and hopefully will remember to bring my tripod.

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Original

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Processed

@arpoador - very nice! Your compositions are excellent. It is going to take me years to get up to that level. If ever.
 

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