Teach that lens a lesson
James Paterson sorts out an image using Lightroom 5’s Lens Correction controls
Lenses introducing errors? Discover Lightroom’s array of lens correction tools
With Lightroom’s range of powerful tools, fixing lens and perspective issues is a quick and easy affair. This month, we’ll look at a few common problems.
First off, there’s distortion in our factory scene, with the wide-angle lens making straight lines look bowed. Lightroom has a database of lenses with information on distortion issues for particular lenses at specific focal lengths, so as long as the lens is included in the image EXIF data (it will be if you shoot in RAW) then fixing distortion is a single-click job.
Chromatic aberration can be a problem, especially with cheaper lenses and wider apertures. Again, this is usually a one-click fix, although if you want precise control then Lightroom 5 lets you choose which colours to remove. Finally, there are the Upright buttons. With these impressive tools, fixing keystoning, camera tilt and perspective problems has never been so simple.
Lightroom has a database of lenses with information on distortion issues for particular lenses at specific focal lengths