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How To Straighten Your Horizon Without Cropping | Steve Perry

By Anthony Thurston on February 3rd 2015

Steve Perry is back again with another great tip for us. This time, Steve shares how he likes to fix the horizon in his images without having to crop off important pieces of the image. It is something that we all have to deal with now and then, and this can be a great help in trying to fix that small error.

I have to say, I have rarely had an issue with cropping to fix my horizon. But I can see how in some situations that would be an undesirable solution to the problem. This is a great alternative to cropping and losing a portion of your image. Basically, as you can see in the video above, Steve uses the warp tool to pull his image the small amount it needs to be pulled in order to fill the white spaces created by fixing the horizon.

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The quality loss seems really negligible. If I am honest, in most cases, I rarely care much about the far peripherals of the image, which is what would be affected by this technique. However, if you are a major landscape purist, I am sure this method is making you squirm. Fair enough, it’s better to get it right in camera anyway.

Steve also has his new wildlife photography e-book that just came out, so if you want to learn from one of the best wildlife shooters that I know, make sure to take a minute and check that out.

[via Steve Perry on Youtube]

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

9 Comments

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  1. James Rogen

    this is super helpful. All my photos come out crooked and i simply tell everyone I’m Dutch, but in reality i’m just a terrible photographer

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  2. Tosh Cuellar

    Great tip, I rarely have a need to straighten but good tip for when you do.

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  3. Riley Johnson

    I’ve done this before and it works well. However, if you think the warping effects the images too much, you can always work on cloning, “healing”, and creating parts of the image on the edges.

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  4. Basit Zargar

    Great read and video!

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  5. Brandon Dewey

    Great tip!

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  6. Barry Cunningham

    I’m unlikely to use this. Most of the shots where my horizon is not level are action shot that are going to require cropping anyway. If I have time to set up the corners so exactly that I want them in the frame, I probably have time to make sure the camera is level. Maybe its just me, but 99% of the time I would rather crop to an undistorted image than distort the corners. You’re completely free to have other preferences for your images.

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  7. Ben Perrin

    Some good tips and something I was mostly already doing. I’m looking forward to the electronic level on the 5ds to aid with this. Sometimes I’m in a situation where clouds on the horizon makes it difficult to figure out what straight is as the clouds and the background blend together. Keep the tips coming.

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  8. Matthew Saville

    Steve Perry is my hero. So much talent and passion for the craft, and willing to share!

    =Matt=

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  9. Rieshawn Williams

    Great read and video!

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