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Cropping can save photos from a crooked horizon or unwanted subjects in the frame, but it can also be used to create new and interesting images. For this reason, it's closely connected to the photographic principle of composition. Join teacher and photographer Chris Orwig as he shows you how to refocus your eye and reorient your photos with cropping. Learn how to use the Photoshop, Lightroom, and Camera Raw suite of tools to straighten, remove distracting elements, fix distortion, and add creative effects.
When it comes to cropping, and straightening our photographs in Camera Raw, we have a few different options. So far we've talked about how we can use the Crop and the Straighten Tools. Well here I want to highlight another technique that we can use, which involves using the Lens Corrections panel. Here I'll be working with three different photographs so we can really understand how these controls work. So go ahead and click on the lake image. Hold down the Command key on a Mac, Control key on Windows and click on London and Eric as well. And then let's navigate to the File pull down menu and choose Open In Camera Raw.
And let's begin with this photograph which we've already seen, lake.jpg. As I mentioned, we've already talked about how we can use the crop and the straighten tools. Another way that we can take care of this tilted horizon is by navigating to the Lens Corrections Panel. You'll find this panel over here on the right. And when you begin to work with this panel, you almost always want to start with the Profile Tab. When you're in the profile tab what you can do is click on the option to enable the lens profile corrections.
And camera raw will try to detect the camera and also the lens which was used to capture the photograph. And then it will make any needed perspective corrections. It also will ensure that our results will be much better when we get to the Manual tab. Which is where we're going next. If you find that as you turn this option on that it didn't automatically detect the correct camera or lens, you can always click on these pull-down menus in here, you can make selections, in order to make the appropriate profile selections for your particular image.
Alright well next, after selecting that option, navigate over to the Manual tab. Now on the manual tab we have lot of controls. These controls which we'll focus in on are grouped into two different areas, we have up right above, and then we have the transform controls below. Let's begin by working with the Transform Controls. These allow us to make manual perspective corrections to the image. One of them which is helpful for us with this image is the Rotate option. Here if we click and drag this you can see how we can rotate the image, and we can rotate that out. So, we can level out that horizon.
We can also bring this back to its default setting of zero in order to remove that. Another and perhaps quicker way to perform a similar adjustment is to work with Operate. Operate allows us to automatically apply really interesting perspective corrections to the image. One of them, right here the second button, allows us to level the image. If we click on that you will notice that it will then level and correct the photograph based on how it's analyzing the different lines which we have here in the image.
Now we have a few other buttons which I'll talk about as well in a moment. But for now, let's just click on this one in order to level out this picture. Next, I want to highlight how we can work with a different photograph. This picture is London. Now with this picture, if we navigate to the Lens Corrections panel, if we go to Profile and enable the profile here, it doesn't detect the camera or lens. So I'll choose the camera. It was a Canon. And there it selected the correct lens for me. Next, I'll choose, Manual. Now here in manual, if we go to use our leveling option, it's just going to confuse Camera Raw a little bit.
It didn't quite, know how to correct this image. It did a decent job, but it leveled out, this area of the image here, and not the wall. It gave priority to the ferris wheel, but my wall is still a little bit tilted. So we can always correct that by using this Rotate Slider. Because actually what I want to level out is the wall here. So in this case with this photograph, we're able to achieve awesome results by using Upright and also the transform controls below. And the reason why I say this is awesome. It isn't hyperbole, is because remember when used the crop and straighten technique? Well we had to crop into a lot of the image and we lost some of our composition.
By navigating to Lens Corrections and by using leveling and also the rotation slider we were able to maintain more of our overall composition, but still make the same correction. So in this case, this option worked a little bit better. Alright well now that we've seen that on two different photographs, I actually think this is a pretty good breaking point. So let's go ahead and pause right here. Then in the next movie. I want to dig deeper into how we can work with these upright controls. And we'll work with our third image, which is Erik.dng.
So go ahead an keep that image open, as we'll continue to work on leveling and straightening our photographs with that image, in the next movie.
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