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Keep An Eye On Your Horizon

Michael Laubscher All Authors, Michael Leave a Comment

This is a very simple thing and takes one way back to the basics. Make sure your horizon is straight!

Have a look at this RAW image and tell me if that skew horizon bothers you?

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I must say it really gets to me because it’s just off.

This to me is much better thanks to a straight horizon;

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I always say it’s best to do as much as you can out in the field in order to lessen the amount of time you spend post processing. It is not always something one focuses on due to the excitement of the sighting so if you do later realize that your horizon is skew it can be straightened while cropping by using the angle tool.

Click on the crop overlay, a menu will drop down revealing more options. Then click on the click on the angle tool.

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This will enable a ruler icon at your mouse. Begin by clicking on the first point of your straight line reference. In this case, this is one end of the horizon we are trying to straighten. Hold down your mouse button and drag the pointer to the second reference point.

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Lightroom then rotates the picture so that the line between the two reference points we established is now horizontal.

This is a quick edit to do buy as I mentioned previously, you should try to straighten horizons when looking through your camera’s viewfinder before capturing an image.

Until next time;

Happy Snapping!


About the Author

Michael Laubscher


Haunted by the allure of spectacular wildlife and African sunsets. I am a hunter-gatherer of natural light and candid moments, an appetite whet with a taste of the unknown and the smell of home; “This Is Africa”! I look forward to sharing life long experiences with you and helping you capture them. Please feel free to go check out my Instagram account

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