Stop wasting landscapes: 3 ways to avoid sloping horizons in your images

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When you’re shooting a gorgeous landscape, it’s all too easy to concentrate on the subject matter and forget to check whether the camera is level.

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While you might get away with this in some pictures, in others a sloping horizon is all too obvious, and will tend to draw the viewer’s eye away and detract from the image.

This is most apparent when you’re photographing water: the last thing you want is to have water that appears to be flowing out from one side of the frame!

So, if you’re a culprit of shooting everything on the slant, here’s how to take action and make sure your pictures remain on the level.

1. Fit a spirit level

If you have trouble keeping the horizon level, the most convenient way to solve the problem is to use a hotshoe-mounted mini spirit level. These are cheap and easy to use. Simply make adjustments to the level of the camera until the bubble sits between the two guides on the spirit level

 2. Use the built-in levelMany of the latest SLRs have a built-in digital level indicator, which means you’ll never lose or break it. Refer to your camera’s instructions to bring up the level indicator; it’s often via the Info button. When the camera is level, the horizontal line will change colour to green.

3. Fix in Photoshop

You can use the Crop tool in Photoshop to straighten things up. Move the mouse outside one of the corners of the image until the icon changes to a two-headed curved arrow. Click and hold the mouse down and move left or right to straighten the picture. Double-click to apply and crop.


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