Set ’em straight

Crop and straighten in Light­room

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While look­ing through your Nikon’s viewfinder, you can zoom and pan the lens to com­pose the photo. You may know what makes a good com­po­si­tion, or you might use an in­tu­itive point-and-shoot ap­proach, but of­ten it’s only when look­ing at your pho­tos later that you can as­cer­tain which is the best com­posed.

When tak­ing the pic­ture you may not no­tice a dis­tract­ing ob­ject at the edge of the frame. When di­rect­ing a model in a stu­dio shoot, for ex­am­ple, you’ll be more at­ten­tive to his or her pose than to any bits of light­ing kit that might stray into the frame. And you may not no­tice prob­lems such as tilted hori­zons un­til af­ter the shoot.

With the help of Light­room’s Crop Over­lay tool, how­ever, you can re­move dis­tract­ing ob­jects, straighten any wonky hori­zons and even turn a land­scape- ori­ented photo into a por­trait-ori­ented one. Mod­ern Nikon D-SLRs pro­duce very high res­o­lu­tion im­ages, en­abling you to crop quite se­verely (per­haps to make cer­tain fea­tures look more prom­i­nent in the frame) yet still pro­duce large prints.

Crop­ping RAW files in Light­room is also non-de­struc­tive, so you can al­ways re­store the cropped photo’s orig­i­nal com­po­si­tion if you need to.

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