Lens Corrections & Perspective Changes for Architecture Photos in Lightroom

On this video tutorial photographer Nathaniel Dodson (from the website tutvid) gives some tips and examples on using and working with Lightroom to fix or change the perspective of architecture photos.

When shooting.  architecture photography with wide angle lenses you often find yourself in need of post production work to make buildings or structures appear level or upright. The (relatively) new features that exist in Lightroom allows you not just to correct for some aberrations in your specific lens but for a great deal of tweaking and Dodson shows how you can do that with 3 different images which he fixes in different ways.

Here are a few extra tips from our original article on the “Guided Upright Feature in Adobe Camera Raw 9.6 and Lightroom” and on using shortcuts with the the tool:

  • Shift + T will select the Guided Upright tool.
  • Shift + L toggles the Loupe on and off (Note: Loupe requires GPU support).
    Option -drag (Mac) | Alt -drag (Win) with Loupe enabled to activate precision (slower) drag.
  • Shift + G toggles the Grid overlay.
  • “V” toggles tool overlay.
  • Command + Option | Control + Alt -drag to reposition the image in the preview area via the Offset X/Y sliders. Add the Shift key to constrain to horizontal/vertical directions.
    Bird Eye View (or Navigator) – Press and hold “H”. Click in the preview area and drag the zoom rectangle over the location that you want to zoom into. Release the mouse. Release the “H”. The image zooms to the chosen area and the selected tool remains unchanged. (Note: Birds Eye View requires GPU support.).

We have looked at correcting perspective many times in the past in both Lightroom and Photoshop – you can check out some of our articles/videos on this subject – here.

You can check out more useful Lightroom guides and tips on our LensVid Lightroom section. You can also check Dodson’s previous videos here on LensVid.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of LensVid.com. He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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