If you stand back AND get at the right height, it will appear much better.
r ranson wrote:I'm more interested in the parallel lines issue. I want to try to keep them parallel instead of having them wander off towards the vanishing point.
James Whitelaw wrote:When photographing things that have parallel lines that are not equal, such as a door, window or a house, is called “keystoning”
Wayne Johnson wrote:Summary of your problem--- Keystoning is caused by not being exactly perpendicular (both ways) to the center of the door or house, etc. Bulging in our out is due to the lens, called lens distortion, and this varies quite a bit lens to lens, and if your're using a zoom lens, it will vary one way or the other based on focal length. Every lens is different; there are no rules; the newer the lens and more professional the lens, the better you will be. Wider angle tends to make things worse, but not so bad if you have a really, really good / expensive lens! Both of these problems are easily fixed in Photoshop (Lens Correction), so I would highly suggest trying this if you are serious about photography.
If you are serious about photography, have a brainstorm session about how to SELL your work and MAKE MONEY. Then you can buy all kinds of fancy new gear and lens-- and if you make a magazine cover now and then, you are in "Photographer Heaven". I can teach you if you are serious......