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In Lightroom as well as in Adobe Camera, there are few different techniques that we can use which will allow us to crop in to straighten our photographs. And in this movie, I want to highlight how we can work with the another technique which involves working with the Lens Corrections panel. We will begin by using this photograph here. This is a RAW file as it appeared straight out of the camera. It's a picture of the Santa Barbara Harbor, where I love to wander around and take pictures, especially early in the morning. One of the things that you'll notice about this photograph is that it's leaning abit to the right.
If we click to zoom in on that, you can see that the sailboat mast and also these different poles here are again a little bit tilted. Well, let's explore how we can correct or how we can straighten this image by using lens corrections. To do so, we'll click on the Lens Corrections button here to open up this panel. Now, within this panel, we actually have a few different options that we can work with. Let's start off by working with our manual controls. If you click on the Manual tab, you'll notice that we have some transformed controls here.
One of the controls which can help us to straighten horizons, whether it's a photograph like this or a landscape photograph, is the Rotate slider. As we click and drag this slider, you can see how we can rotate the image and here. We can correct the rotation so that the image is now straight up and down. If I click to zoom out though, we've created a little problem for ourselves. You can see there's a white area in the background where we've rotated this, where we don't have any information. Well, to make sure that we rotate this and then crop the image as well, we need to click on the check box right here, which is Constrain Crop.
When we choose that, you can see that the rotation is rotating and cropping this, so it's then removing the other area which we aren't seeing. Well, let's remove this. We can do so by clicking on this check box and then bringing this back to that default setting of zero. And here we'll click on the Reset button as well, which will just reset that image all the way back to its original settings. Let's zoom back in to look at another technique that we can use, and this technique involves using a profile and also the upright controls. Here we'll navigate to the Basic tab.
In the Basic tab, the first option we want to click on is Enable Profile Corrections. If you navigate to the Profile tab, you'll see that this will then allow Lightroom to try to detect the camera and the lens combination which was used to capture the photograph. This will then apply any perspective corrects which are needed based on the camera and the lens. And if Lightroom did not automatically detect your camera, we can always click on these pull-down menus and try to find the correct option to make those needed perspective or profile corrections.
Now for us, this is important step to take here in the Basic panel, because it will ensure our upright corrections will be that much better. Next, as we saw previously, we want to turn on the option to constrain the crop. That will just make sure that we can see the entire photograph if any leveling or perspective issues are corrected. Next, I want to highlight our upright controls. We have four controls here, Auto, Level, Vertical and Full. And in this movie, I simply want to highlight how we can work with the vertical option.
If we click on Vertical or Level for that matter, what it will do is it will level out the image. In this case, vertical will work best because it will level out all of these vertical lines as you can see here. All of the sailboat mast are now straight up and down. If we click on the flip switch, you can see here is the before and then now here is the after. Leveling will work well if you have a horizon line which isn't level, and that will then level off those horizontal lines in your images as well. If we click to zoom out, we can see how this overall correction has been applied.
Here's the before and then here's the after. And you'll notice here that the lens corrections controls not only allow us to level the image out, but they also are cropping into the photograph. Whenever we're cropping into the image, we may want to re-access the Crop tool by clicking on the Crop tool icon. And then here, I can go ahead and click and drag this in perhaps, in order to change this crop a little bit to crop away any distracting elements. And then double-click to apply that. In other words, you want to make sure that while this is making those needed crops to make sure things are level, you're also customizing the composition.
That you're going back to the Crop Tool to make any final adjustments just to finish off the project. Alright. Well, now that I've introduced you to how we can begin to work with the Lens Correction panels, I want to dig a little bit deeper into this dialog and talk about a few more settings and controls that we have here. So let's go ahead and continue our conversation about working with lens corrections, and let's do that on another image in the next movie.
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