Common photo problems and how to fix them in Photoshop: #6 My horizon is wonky

Photoshop straightening
(Image credit: James Paterson)

Tilted shots sound like they're a rookie error, but even seasoned professionals can end up with skewed horizons. This won't happen with the camera on a tripod, but we think the reason it happens with handheld shots is because we tilt the camera the the moment we press the shutter release – it's easily done!

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James Paterson

The lead technique writer on Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine and N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine, James is a fantastic general practice photographer with an enviable array of skills across every genre of photography. 

Whether it's flash photography techniques like stroboscopic portraits, astrophotography projects like photographing the Northern Lights, or turning sound into art by making paint dance on a set of speakers, James' tutorials and projects are as creative as they are enjoyable. 

He's also a wizard at the dark arts of Photoshop, Lightroom and Affinity Photo, and is capable of some genuine black magic in the digital darkroom, making him one of the leading authorities on photo editing software and techniques.