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Avoiding & Correcting Linear Distortion in Buildings

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In this digital photography tutorial we look at ways of avoiding and removing linear distortion in buildings. We'll go on location to shoot a few example images, and compare the result to digitally correcting images in Photoshop.

Republished Tutorial

Every few weeks, we revisit some of our reader's favorite posts from throughout the history of the site. This tutorial was first published in June of 2010.


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Tutorial Overview

In this digital photography tutorial we look at ways of avoiding and removing linear distortion in buildings. We start off on location shooting an old church.

We then move on to discuss linear distortion, and highlight several ways in which we can avoid it. Following our shoot we take a look at several of our images shot on different focal lengths and compare them.

We then proceed into Photoshop to experiment with correcting an image, and comparing the results to the original.

Finally we look at another image where we show how we can use the same correction techniques as a special effect to add distortion to our shots.


Tutorial Image

Here's the image used in the tutorial, shown at a slightly higher quality:

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