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09-09-2015, 01:40 PM   #1
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How-to: Improve This Shot With Composition Adjustment?

Hi all,

So I'm recently back from a short vacation in Vermont, and in looking at my shots, it strikes me that one of them could perhaps have benefited from the use of Composition Adjustment. It's too late to go back and re-shot, obviously, but I want to understand how I could have proceeded to use this feature, so that I can figure out how it might come in handy in the future...

Right, so here's the shot, a long exposure of Neshobe Falls in Brandon, Vermont, USA:

Now, I like this shot, except for one thing: the building looks a little, ah... twisted. As I understand it, this is exactly the kind of effect that a shift lens and/or the Composition Adjustment feature can help with. But, in the situation above, how would one go about using it?

Where's what I think, and please to tell me if that's not it. In the shot above, the camera was pointing slightly downward. What I would have needed to do from that point in order to "straighten" the building in a subsequent shot is to point the camera more horizontally, and then use the Composition Adjustment feature to adjust the framing of the shot back "downward" to get the bottom of the falls back into the shot. Do I have that right?

Thanks in advance!

p.s.: Also not sure this is the proper forum... Picked this one because Composition Adjustment is a DSLR specific feature...

09-09-2015, 01:54 PM   #2
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It might be tough without stepping a little farther back or using a wider lens, but essentially you want to make sure the lens is pointed straight at the horizon. Then, you can use composition adjustment to shift the sensor upward and bring the building fully into view.

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I hope you have a photoshop... There is two tools that you can use to correct perspective distortion, free transform and lens correction (go custom). I spend on your photo 1 minute without paying too much attention and here is quick result... Hope you do not mind downloading it from your flickr account.


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