Digital Photography: It’s All About Perspective Part 2

Okay, so you’re standing in front of a building, a monument, a piece of architecture you’ve admired for thebetter part of your life and the dang security cordon/crowds/or just your angle prevents you from approaching to get the shot you’ll want to preserve for a lifetime…

What can you do?

Thanks to the wonders of modern photo-editing, quite a bit actually.

Have you ever taken a picture like this and noticed the rising spires appear a bit, how do the British put it?  Oh yes, “Wonky”?

Digital Photography Monastery of Christ In The Desert

Funny thing about lenses… the sensors they feed don’t have the ability, like our amazing brains to correct perspective caused by monovision, proximity, or lens imperfections.

Here’s where modern image editing software comes in.

Open your favorite image editing program.  GIMP (free), Photoshop Elements, Corel Paintshop Pro, or Adobe Photoshop work quite nicely.

Save the file under another name to prevent you from accidentally erasing your original.

Copy the layer containing your original image on top of the layer you’re currently working with.

Select the Perspective Correction Tool.  (The specifics of this can generally be found in the “Help” file of the program you’re working with.

Adjust the perspective within reason, of the architecture or straight lines before you.

As a final touch, make sure the aspect ratio is approximate to what you began with.  This can be done by gently nudging the “Scale” of the image.  If the image was twice as wide as it was tall, it should probably be close to that when you finish.

After the image is successfully adjusted, save it as a JPEG, or as the file type of your choice, making sure, as you do, you did not damage or overwrite your original file.

Well, that’s the basics, there are tons of tutorials out there for the program of your choice, but this is just an introduction to show how easy it can be for you to correct perspective on your own.

Oh yeah, the results?

One last thing, the monastery?  Run by Benedectine monks.  I’ll throw up a couple more pictures of their place later.  It is truly amazing, and the tranquility…

One of the ways these guys make a living, by brewing their own brand of beer.  Not half bad, actually.  And before any of you ask, I didn’t get to meet the “Bud” Abbott.

Stop in and see them if you get the “chants”.



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  1. Thanks for the great tips on perspective correcting using awesome tools like GIMP and Photoshop! I never knew such techniques existed that could make a photograph look that much better.


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  2. You must have been sipping the “bud” while you had the “chants”….but you still got some “beery” good pix!
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  3. Kevin Bettencourt

    I can’t believe you played the Wonky card. Oh yes Wonky. Reminds me of that scene in “The Fugitive”. I still don’t know if the tower leans or not.
    The travel photography tips are great. We all want to remember and show off what we saw. Sometimes the photography doesn’t live up to the memory. It’s great to know GIMP or Corel Paintshop Pro, as well as Photo shop elements can bail us out.

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  4. Clare Delaney

    Thanks for the tips on getting rid of “wonky” pics – and also what causes them (you mean it wasn’t the beer?).

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  5. Hi Dwayne,

    It’s good to learn how the sw can reduce wonkiness in our photography like this with perspective adjustment.

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  7. Nothing wrong with a bit of wonkiness now and then . So Gimp actually fixes erectile anomalies then ? Hmmmmmmm !