I would like to preface this by stating that I am not a professional photographer, nor do I want to become one…nor do I profess to be any sort of photo-editing guru! But, I came across a blog post on a photo blog only just last year that blew my mind. A simple photo edit that I had no clue I was even skipping, yet it makes SUCH a difference in your photos! I notice it all the time now and my eye sort of twitches when I see this common mistake.
What is it? Making sure your horizontal lines and landscapes are straight! Here’s an example of an old photo I took of Phi Phi Ley, Thailand on our trip in 2008. I was shocked to see almost all of my photos are not straight! It really deters from them, now that I’m aware of this.
Just in case you can’t see that this picture is terribly crooked, look at the same picture with the red line showing what is actually straight:
In Photoshop Elements and on almost every single iPhone photo editing app I use (Instagram, Snapseed, PicTapGo, etc.) there is a straighten tool and a grid pops up automatically on most of these apps.
Now we can see how much it needs to be straightened, let’s do it! In my program under “Image” you can find “Rotate” and “Custom”
Then I entered the number of degrees I wanted to rotate and the direction.
I guessed two, and it looked about right (there’s that same red line, still straight but the picture matches this time!)
Then you just crop, et voila!