Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Distortion and perspective issues: Upright adjustment, part of Shooting a Time-Lapse Movie from a Window.
If you do decide to use Upright inside of Photoshop, there is a way to make it work, but, it's a bit hidden. I generally choose to use the Autobalance to get a balance correction. And this'll fix most of the issues. You could decide to use a Level Only or a Vertical Correction, or, make a Full correction to both vertical and horizontal lines. Ultimately, it's up to you. But what's critical, is that you get all of these results to sync across each frame. After you make this adjustment, be sure to select all of the images.
The easiest way to do this is, to click the Select All button. And then you need to Synchronize. But not with the synchronize button in the upper-left corner. Sure, you can apply lens profile corrections and transform corrections, but again, notice, that there is no upright adjustment, in the synchronized dialogue box. By simply clicking OK, you can end up with variation from frame to frame. That I warned you about earlier. Instead, you need to do this, under the Lens Corrections tab. When you click Sync Results, you'll see that everything synchronizes, across all of the shots.
As we go through here, you'll see that they begin to update, and the exclamation point will be cleared, when the frames have completed synchronizing. Let's jump to some later frames to check it. You see that everything is staying in sync, as those frames load. The upright adjustment can be useful, but you have to show great care, and make sure that you sync the results, within the lens corrections tab. Otherwise, you can get unwanted fluctuation, that really stands out. Always take great care when using upright, to manually sync your results.
In this course, Richard Harrington details the steps behind shooting great time-lapses from a window, including how to avoid window reflections and glare. The course also includes gear and file-format advice as well as tips for assembling the shots into a finished movie.
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- Reducing and removing reflections
- Setting up the camera
- Capturing the shot
- Polishing and assembling the shot in Photoshop
- Polishing and assembling the shot in Lightroom
- Fixing problems in post