Did you just notice that the horizon in one of your photos was a little bit tilted? Are some of the lines in it not aligned properly the way that they should be?
Although a photo may not actually be tilted by much, it can have a big effect on how the photo is perceived. Subconsciously people tend to feel that there’s something ‘wrong’ or ‘unnatural’ about photos that aren’t level.
How to Avoid Snapping Titled Photos
Needless to say, it would be best if you could avoid snapping tilted photos in the first place – but that is easier said than done. Still, there are a few options that you could attempt:
- Mount the camera on the tripod to ensure that it is kept perfectly level at all times.
- Affix the horizon at either the top or bottom of the frame so that you know it is level. However, this doesn’t work if you want areas both above and below the horizon to appear in the photo.
- Use the viewfinder markers or turn on the grid and try to align them with the horizon or any other straight line or object that can act as a reference point.
- Attach a spirit level to your camera so that you can tell whether or not it is level.
- Squeezer the shutter gently and don’t press on it too hard to avoid throwing the alignment off at the last second.
Using PhotoWorks to Fix Photos that Are Tilted
Of course, if your photo is already tilted the steps described above won’t help – but a quick bit of editing with PhotoWorks can. Due to its intuitively designed features, you will be able to use it to straighten a photo relatively easily.
The best way to fix a tilted photo in PhotoWorks is to open the Composition section and select the Geometry tool. In the various settings that are there, you can adjust the Rotation to rotate your photo until it is level.
It may help to tick the ‘Show grid’ option so that you can use its lines as a reference point while you rotate your photos. On top of that, you should also tick the ‘Constrain crop’ option so that PhotoWorks automatically crops your photo based on its initial aspect ratio.
After you’re done and you click Apply you can compare both photos side by side and see what big a difference it made. Additionally, you can start to explore the other features in PhotoWorks to enhance the colors, touch up parts of the photo, apply artistic filters, remove unwanted objects, and more.
Overall PhotoWorks will let you fix, stylize, and improve a wide range of areas in your photo once you start to take advantage of its features. Trying it out and using it to fix a tilted photo is a good first step, and should help you to become more familiar with its interface. From there it won’t be long before you’re using it fluently.