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Millenium Bridge.

By Nigwel
Taken on a trip to London last year.

Not sure if it looks better in colour but just having a try and black and white for a change.

Does anyone have Photoshop and knows how to change buildings that lean when the rest of the photo is upright.

Direct me to a forum link if you can.


Tags: Architecture Black and white

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i know paintshop has perspective changing tools,
the photo looks great,love the composition.

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dudler Plus
14 690 1321 England
13 Apr 2014 6:32PM
First off, this is a fine shot, and it probably looks pretty good in colour, as well.

I think this jsut needed a half-degree rotation to the left to straighten everything out pretty much (Image/Rotate/Custom and put in the number of degrees and direction). However, if you want to do more, especially if you have converging verticals, you need to go for Image/Transform/Perspective (for equal effects on both sides of the frame) or Skew (if you have uneven things to match up. That's what works in Elements - I'm not sure if the full PS software is the same, or merely offers more options.

You may also have one or two issues with lens distrotion with a superzoom. At the wide end, there can be "barrel" distortion, with straight lines near the edges of the frame bowing outwards in the middle. "Pincushion" distortion is the opposite, with lines bowing in towards the centre of the picture.

I believe there is software to help you correct this, but I don't have any working knowledge, as I generally stick to fixed focal length lenses, which suffer relatively little.

Mod coming - I've also used the input midtones slider in Levels to beef up the midtones.

Nice work here. It's a fascinating place to shoot, with people and geometry as subjects.
Nigwel 4 7
13 Apr 2014 10:19PM
Thanks Dudler.

I had 3 options in the black and white and the original in the colour but the black and white came out as the best.. I can see the difference with your mod and it helps too.

I`m playing with Lightroom and Photoshop to see what I can do with what I`ve got in the way of old pictures but there`s so much in Photoshop to take in, so another thanks for your help on the uprights in the buildings help.

I`m off back down to the smoke at the end of this month for 4 days so I`ll be taking in more of the photography and play more with the camera settings on the 700D.

I`ll also have a mess with the PS with the converging verticals in the photos I have. I`ll stick some on here. A few weeks time maybe..

Shame I can only upload one photo a day on here.

Thanks again

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3866 Canada
14 Apr 2014 12:18PM
Its a nice mono.

B&W works very well for "street" shots.

I will take a look at what you wanted to change and get back with some information or a link.

Which version of Photoshop do you have?

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3866 Canada
14 Apr 2014 12:37PM
Heres a start. Adobe has a number of tutorials on this, - I noticed in the exif that you use Lightroom 5.4. You can search on Adobe for more tutorials.

On this shot, I used Photoshop CS6, and its lens correction tools.

What I see is that there is a horizontal slope evident on St Pauls, while the verticals are right on.

Its useful to know what that happens first; its because the left side of your camera is closer to the building than the right side of the camera, so the camera is not perfectly square with the building. It just has to be a small amount, and its hard to get it right unless you watch it very closely in the viewfinder. So the correction I applied is called a Horizontal correction. You will rarely ever even notice it excpet for architectural scenes with long horizontal lines like here.

I uploaded the mod, and no leveling was done, - just that one lens correction. Hers a Photoshop link also:


Nigwel 4 7
14 Apr 2014 12:40PM
Hi Willie.
I've got the Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5.
I've had a mess with Photoshop and found how to distort the whole photo but can't find the option to straighten just one part of the photo..
I'm getting clues off here and learning, so any help or hints would be very much appreciated.
Thanks for the tutorial links.. Coming in very handy. Smile


banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3866 Canada
14 Apr 2014 12:57PM
If your PS has the feature, try the Adaptive Wide Angle tool, - theres a tutorial on Adobe for this, - its another option.

John mention using Transform tools and heres ino on that:


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