What are converging verticals, and how can you fix them?

Converging verticals
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Imagine a tall, elegant building. You frame up on an architectural shot, but when you check the shot on screen, the building looks like it’s toppling over backwards and the building’s sides converge towards the top of the frame! This is the phenomenon known as ‘converging verticals’, and it is at its most dramatic when wide angle lenses are used – exactly the type of lens you’d use when trying to squeeze a big building into the frame from the street outside it.

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Andrew James

Andrew makes his living as a photographer, videographer and journalist. For 26 years he was a specialist magazine editor, the last 13 of which were on Practical Photography magazine. A long-time expert in photographic techniques across many disciplines, he's a self-confessed photo generalist, and a font of creative knowledge to capturing just about any subject, although he has a strong leaning to wildlife and travel photography. Andrew's wide-ranging photography experience means he authors the long-running Photo Answers section for Digital Camera Magazine. His work as a journalist, guide and educator dovetails neatly into his commitment to Foto-Buzz - an online subscription community he founded, where Andrew writes articles, films tutorials and records blogs on all manner of photo-related subjects and techniques for enthusiast photographers.