View Full Version : My buildings are falling over!!

Stephie Baby
03-24-2008, 02:18 PM
Every time I take a picture of a high rise or any type of building, it always seems to look like its about to fall over. Even when I'm standing directly in front of it.:mad: Is there anyway I can edit it to its straight?

03-24-2008, 03:20 PM
Attached are two views -- the original shot and the final. Just go to EDIT -- TRANSFORM -- DISTORT in Photoshop. Holding Shift key drag the top left box to the left until a vertical wall is truly vertical. Do the same with the right box until a vertical object is truly vertical. Thats about all you need to do.

03-24-2008, 06:33 PM
Nice fix Bynx but where did the moon come from? :)

03-24-2008, 06:58 PM
Every time I straighten up a building with a flagpole the moon always appears. Cant figure it out. Must be a lunar misagulate. hahahaha

Stephie Baby
03-24-2008, 07:24 PM
Thanks for the help!!:)

Gary Meissner
03-25-2008, 09:04 AM
I find it helps to turn on the GRID, under the View menu, so I have a nice vertical line to match up to.

03-26-2008, 04:28 PM
Nice edit job! Where abouts in Canada is that? I do see the Petro-Canada in the background, I wonder if there's a Tim Horton's in there too. Ohhhhh how I miss Timmy's:p

03-26-2008, 05:34 PM
Maybe some day they'll build a bubble level into cameras. Or laser sights. I borrowed my dad's circular saw a few days ago that has the laser guide built into it (shoots a laser beam onto your line so you can be sure you're following it) and thought "there has to be some sort of place in photography for this sort of thing". And then I started playing with the nail gun, and it made me feel manly, so I forgot about the photography thing.

03-26-2008, 06:15 PM
Its in Ajax, Ontario Zmickers. There is a timmys in the Petro station and also one right behind the church.

03-27-2008, 07:26 AM
One of the problems you may be having is that you are not holding the camera level. I know, then you can't get the whole building in. Unfortunately, when you hold a wide angle lens off of level, you get serious distortions, so you have to fix them in post processing. There is a fix for this, but it's very expensive. As I recall, you are an Canon shooter (I could be wrong). Look into tilt and shift lenses. They are also sometimes called perspective control lenses. After you do that, you will want to learn the post processing techniques, because they are, as I said, very expensive. ;)

03-27-2008, 04:22 PM
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Tip of the Day: Lenses for Architectural Photography

Architectural photography requires equipment the average photo enthusiast might not have in his or her bag. If you are serious about trying architectural photography, consider renting or buying some specialty glass. Here are three types of lenses that will be helpful:
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Tilt-Shift Lenses
A tilt-shift (abbreviated to TS and also called a Perspective Correction lens) lens enables your SLR camera to operate like a bellows or view camera (in a restricted sense though). Essentially, the problem with taking pictures of tall buildings from the ground is that as their height increases, the top of the building gets further away from the camera, introducing ‘perspective’ into the photograph. The work around is to keep the camera pointed parallel to the ground; but the problem with doing this is that you more of the ground into your photograph and you may end up cutting off the top of the building. The TS lens, helps by allowing you to keep the camera perfectly horizontal but ’shifting’ the view of the lens upwards.

Ultra Wide-Angle lenses
Architectural photography also includes pictures of interiors. Often the areas that need to be photographed are narrow or small, but need to be shown in their entirety. This calls for another breed of special lenses. Ultra Wide-Angle lenses, like TS lenses are expensive playthings for people who have no need for them, but a necessity for those who do, 14-21mm prime lenses fit the bill for professional photographers who make a living out of photographing interiors. However, for the enthusiast who prefers to have a more usable range of focal lengths and does not ‘need’ the ultra-high quality that the prime lenses offer, the ultra-wide zoom lenses that various companies offer are a good option.

Special Effects lenses
Fisheye Lenses bring a very different view to any photograph. A fisheye lens brings in a totally different aspect when it comes to architecture. It enables the photographer to explore architecture as patterns and shapes, distorting them - sometimes beyond recognition - so that the viewer is also forced to look at architecture in a new way.