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Old Dec 12, 2012, 3:56 PM   #11
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No I don't have Elements, I mainly use Photoimpressions but also will use Microsoft Digital Image and also Pixlr on line. Pixlr is what I used to correct the distortion. I used the Free Distort tool and where before I was moving the bottom of the photo inwards I saw in the video that you can also move the top corners outwards way past the editing field which I was totally unaware that you could move them out past the photo. So it was easy and but moving the top corners out I don't have to crop much of anything off the original photo size!
I don't doubt it reduces the res at the top part of the photo so perhaps a mix of pulling the top out and bottom in will help keep the quality up.

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Old Dec 13, 2012, 2:14 PM   #12
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G'day mate

I do not know of these other software items you mention

Just for the record, here's a screen dump of the PSE "Remove camera distortion" filter. The image is Brisbane Queensland CBD, taken from the RiverCat ferry with my hand being used as a lens hood


Pic wise - you'll see the hand, the building distortions etc
PSE wise - on the RHS you'll see the many controls available to fix the various distortions

For its price [I believe it's $99 downloaded??], PSE is well worth it
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Old Dec 16, 2012, 12:04 PM   #13
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I think you would probably get this "distortion" with a $3000 DSLR, also; unless you have a lens that would correct it.

I really see no problem when there are programs such as PSElements to correct such things. I used Elements the other day to remove power lines going thru a beautiful photo of mine.
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Old Dec 16, 2012, 12:41 PM   #14
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You don't need a $3000 DSLR.
My old Nikon D5000 also my new Nikon D5100 both have distortion correction in their menu.
You can have it selected to Auto Distortion Control or leave that off and do it in the retouch menu. I as I can see it on the LCD I tend to do in the retouch menu.The distortion in my 18-200 lens is quite severe at 18 mm and it sorts it out very well.The only thing to be aware of is the image gets cropped a bit in the process.Auto Distortion Control works pretty well though I'm just a control freak.
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Ozzie Traveller,
G'Day,
I had one of those lens hoods and got fed up with cloning out fingers etc, so I've now gone back to using a proper one.
Ken Rockwell reckons he never uses a proper hood only his hand.
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