Key Stoning

If you didn’t know yet, this blog’s Photo Rehab in partnership with Mitch Zeissler (Exploratorius) started a new event called IMAGECRAFT BOOTCAMP hosted by Mitch, which is a fabulous way to learn more about the art and craft of Photography.

Mitch and I are very happy because WP included The Imagecraft Bootcamp  in the list of  ‘Five Community Events for Photos Fans’, as you can read in this post. So, if you want o join a community of photo lovers (amateurs or pros), who still want to learn, and/or share your tips and experiences, come and join us.

I will share my experiments with Key Stoning, following superior guidance from Mitch. I choose three images (shot in Nurenberg) to use the technique, but I will first show a gallery of the old city’s sights. On the route from Austria to Holland, I visited Nurenberg, the fourth largest city in Germany.  Nuremberg, a city in Bavaria since 1050, is distinguished by its medieval architecture, including the fortifications and stone towers of its Altstadt (Old Town).

Nuremberg is often referred to as having been the ‘unofficial capital’ of the Holy Roman Empire, particularly because Imperial Diet (Reichstag) and courts met at Nuremberg Castle.

In early modern age, the cultural flowering of Nuremberg, in the 15th and 16th centuries, made it the centre of the German Renaissance. Nuremberg held great significance during the Nazi Germany era as the Nazi Party chose the city to be the site of huge Nazi Party conventions.

Between 1945 and 1946, German officials involved in war crimes and crimes against humanity were brought before an international tribunal in the Nuremberg trials. There was symbolic value in making it the place of Nazi demise.

But what is Key Stoning?

Using Mitch’s words: “…also known as the tombstone effect or keystone effect, which you can read about in more detail here.  It boils down to this; our eyes and brain automatically correct incoming visual data in many ways that camera lenses can never match — among them is perspective control, or making vertical and horizontal edges always look straight and level.”

Now my experiments:

  1. St Elizabeth, Roman Catholic church

2. Architecture

3. Roofs

If you want to know how to make the corrections, just check Mitch’s original post.

Thank you!

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11 thoughts on “Key Stoning

          1. Yes! It is all fun. I need more hours in my day to keep up! I think I will get the paid version of Lightroom so I can try some more bootcamp images. Yours have been great.


  1. DxO Viewpoint does a good job of adjusting perspectives. I should do a post on it.

    I have a couple of examples of its use in this post ( but it’s a very long post.

    Here are a few reviews and more examples.

    Now, you can do similar things in Photoshop, but Viewpoints is fast and easy to master. Just my opinion.


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