As someone who shoots regularly with a wide-angle lens and seems to have a complete inability to hold a camera level, knowing how to straighten photographs in Lightroom and Photoshop is essential. This short tutorial runs you through some fundamental skills.
Photographer Demas Rusli chooses a pretty extreme example and shows you techniques for both Lightroom and Photoshop, and also gives you a top tip for removing the white boxes that can appear as a result of manipulating an image.
If you’re a Lightroom CC user, note that you can find the same tools under the label “Geometry,” and you can click on the icons to the right to open up further options, including the ability to draw lines on your image to give Lightroom your desired uprights and horizontals.
One top tip of my own: to speed things up, it’s often worth asking Lightroom to do the heavy lifting for you by simply clicking “Auto.” As someone who shoots events of people doing strange things on buildings, this has saved me a lot of time in the past and gets you close to perfect on the majority of occasions.
If you have any further advice, be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below.