After the photo walk last Saturday I had a late lunch with my friend Jon, and he reminded me of a Photoshop tool that I had seen demonstrated in a tutorial once, but never used and forgot about. In the crop tool in Photoshop, there is a small check box called “Perspective” that appears after you first draw a cropped box. If you click that, and align the lines on your crop box with lines on your image, the tool will straighten things out and make it look as if you shot it from straight on.
So the image above appears as if I shot it from straight on at level, even though I shot it from the ground and the cool retro phone number is about 2-3 stories high. Here is another example:
Here is how the same image looked straight from the camera:
It is very easy to use and quite powerful.