Tip of the week: Never forget to straighten your images
Any photo will instantly seem more professional if it has a good perspective. One aspect of this is having straight lines that look harmonious and guide the eye of the viewer into the points of interest in the image. Image where the horizon or architectural lines are skewed look hastily taken and can make the viewer feel like the walls are coming down on them. But not to worry, these tips will help you avoid those vertigo-inducing shots forever!
1. Learn to keep your camera straight
Sounds obvious, but tilted camera makes tilted images. No matter if you use a mobile phone or an actual camera to take that shot, keep it straight. Unless you are going for extreme angles on purpose, hold your camera straight on all axes.
2. Use grid lines to your advantage
Your camera application or viewfinder probably has grid lines that are meant to help with your composition. If you don't see them, you can turn them on in your settings. While taking the photo, align the horizontal grid lines and the vertical grid lines either parallel or perpendicular to the horizon or with any leading lines in your view.
3. Check your virtual horizon
Some cameras have a virtual horizon that can help you setting your camera straight. In my camera I have set the virtual horizon to appear in the viewfinder when I push the function button so I can check it without taking my eye off the target. Check your camera settings for this option.
4. Fix it in post-processing
Sometimes you just can't help your photo being tilted. Not a problem, you can easily straighten your photo in post-processing. All photo processing software have a tool for straightening photos, more advanced ones like Lightroom can even do this automatically. Just remember to crop the empty parts out from the frame after the straightening.
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