I thought I would talk about a few composition items in the next few weeks. Just point out a few things to think about when you are composing in-camera and some ways to fix slight errors in Photoshop.
This week I thought I would talk about lines…as in making sure they are straight. There is a difference between tilting the image for composition reasons and having a crooked image. I have heard photographers talk about bad compositions of lakes or oceans where “all the water is falling out”. 😉 I think that is a bit funny, but true in a wierd way.
I know, it is hard sometimes to get horizons, buildings or fences straight. You might be in a hurry or someone smallish bumped you while shooting. The point is to recognize when you have tilted images and fix them. It may just be my MILD OCD behaviors, but when things aren’t straight when they should be…it’s a bit bothersome. It may even make me twitch.
Look at the tower here…it’s crooked!
Luckily, there is an easy fix. When you open the file in Photoshop, crop the image. Take your cursor to the corner of the crop and you will see a rounded arrow. You can pull the image at an angle until the lines are straight. You just need to watch the corners to make sure you are cropping within the image when you are pulling the corners. You may have to make the crop smaller.
Et Voila! Here is all fixed nice and straight. Yay! Thus ending my twitching attacks. 😉