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How To Use Photoshop and Lightroom for Lens Corrections

Whether you’re a pro, enthusiast or beginner in photography, you’ve probably heard of distortion. Sometimes it can be a good partner for the effect of a photo, but most of the time it’s something we don’t want. Here’s how to apply lens corrections in Lightroom and in Photoshop.

What are Lens Corrections?

Most zoom lenses (and even some wide primes) distort the final image by quite a bit if you shoot at their widest end.

Lens Corrections in Lightroom and Photoshop nikkor lens distortion 18mm photography

The 18-55 (f/3.5-5.6G) lens (also known as the Kit Lens) is shipped with most of today’s entry level DSLR cameras. Although it’s a good start, its distortion at 18mm is sometimes a bit too much.

By using Lens Correction, you can fix geometrical imperfections in your image to achieve a better overall result.

Lens Correction Before and After Lens Corrections in Lightroom and Photoshop GIF demo wall test photography

In Lightroom

Lens Correction in a software program designed for photographers should be as simple as a few clicks. And it is. To apply lens correction to a photo in Lightroom, open it and go to the develop module.

Lens Corrections in Lightroom and Photoshop lens correction distortion panel fix photography develop module

From there, scroll all the way down to the Lens Correction tab.

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Tick Enable Profile Corrections to let Lightroom automatically adjust the image for you.

Lens Corrections in Lightroom and Photoshop lens correction distortion panel fix photography profile corrections

Or use the Manual subcategory to make the adjustments to your image by yourself.

Lens Corrections in Lightroom and Photoshop lens correction distortion panel fix photography manual corrections

In Photoshop

Start by opening the image you wish to correct in Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw.

Lens Corrections in Lightroom and Photoshop lens correction distortion panel fix photography camera raw open

Go to the Lens Corrections Tab (number 6 from left to right).

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Just like in Lightroom, you can either have Photoshop do the changes for you based on a lens profile…

Lens Corrections in Lightroom and Photoshop lens correction distortion panel fix photography camera raw lens profile

Or manually adjust everything yourself.

Lens Corrections in Lightroom and Photoshop lens correction distortion panel fix photography manual correction camera raw

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