View Full Version : Levelling of shot

04-11-2006, 09:06 AM
Greetings All,
Im am new to this hobby and recently had this shot rejected for not being level,as im still learning how to edit shots through photoshop im unsure on how to get this shot level?

http://img145.imageshack.us/img145/8526/74216ya.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

What part should i use as a guide to get the horizon level?

Cheers Trevor,

04-11-2006, 12:26 PM
Hi Trevor,

I usually use a vertical line, such as the cab side to judge the level of a shot.

However, you have a problems here, it looks as though you have had to us a wide angle lens to get the shot, this will have introduced some perspective changes and made the overhead crane run of at an apparently odd angle

Under the circumstances I'd be pretty pleased with the result.

To achieve perfection you'd need a tilt shift lens or a monorail camera.


04-12-2006, 12:03 PM
hi trevor and welcome to our beloved and great website.
i canot see the pic in the thread now is there is something wrong?
for me i use avertical line like edge of building or column or any edge of the locomotive.
hope that this help.

04-13-2006, 09:32 AM
It looks OK, the crane just looks like the way it is built it is not a straight beam, but is sloped up. If you made that level, the engine would be falling over. Just appeal this image.

04-13-2006, 01:57 PM
Hi Trevor,

Cool pic. Alan's suggestion is very similar to how I do it also. I overlay a grid and use the closest to the lens vertical line. In this case the front corner just to the right of the number two.

Good Luck!

04-13-2006, 02:39 PM
i think also trevor that you can use the vertical beams that appears beside the headlight of the loco.
nice shot and keep up the great work.

Switched out
04-13-2006, 11:46 PM

Here's my attempt to level Trevors photo.


I used the back of the tender to get a vertical and I also tweaked the exposure a little.



Joe the Photog
04-14-2006, 01:51 PM
The shot does apear unlevel using the beam beside the hea light. Rotate maybe one degree to the right and try again. I use a wide angle a lot and have got many of those shots onto RP, so don't worry about the perspective shift, although you may want to note it under comments to screeners.