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Old 09-01-2005, 12:56 PM
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wide angle tilt & lightning

I've been asked to enhance a lightning photo. It is a wide angle city shot with lots of buildings in the foreground. Due to the lens they all lean toward the middle. Is there a global correction for this problem or do I have to select each separate side , transform-rotate to straighten the buildings??????

As for the overexposed sky full of several lightning bolts I am going to duplicate to darken the sky and apply a curve. Is there any other way to make the bolts stand out more???

I wish I could show you but I don't have permission.

However these seem like classic problems to deal with.

Thanks for any help. Cinderella
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Old 09-01-2005, 01:13 PM
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dont really know much about the first problem. paint shop pro does have some tools for lens correction, but i've never had to use them yet, and i do seem to recall one dealing with fish-eye. but again, never had to use them. psp also has some 'distortion' tools which might work or at least help, but without seeing the specific image and trying some of those tools on it, i just couldnt say for sure.

as to the 2nd problem, yes, curves shld help. you could also try contrast/brightness as an adjustment layer or applied directly to the layer. and failing those, you could mask and then apply those same tools. levels would be another one to try.

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Old 09-01-2005, 04:23 PM
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If you have Photoshop CS2, you can use the lens correction filter. If you have a previous version, "edit>transform>perspective" may help.

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Old 09-01-2005, 04:52 PM
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Thanks for the info. I use PS 7
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Old 09-02-2005, 11:43 AM
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With Photoshop 7 you can try the distort:pinch filter. That should help. Just make sure you center the lens distortion as the filter automatically centers to the size of the photo or to the size of any selection you have. You may have to do some tweaking but it should be a good start.
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