How to Take Photos With a Straight Horizon

Something always looks off about photos where the horizon isn’t straight. It’s possible to fix it in Photoshop (or another image editor like Lightroom, Pixelmator, or Capture One) but it’s better to get it as close as you can on location. Here’s how to take photos with straighter horizons.

Use a Tripod and a Level

If you’re handholding your camera, your horizons are almost always going to be a little bit off. It’s almost impossible to keep it level while moving about, fiddling with settings, and pushing the shutter button.

The best way to get a stable, level camera is with a tripod. Many tripod plates—like the one in ReviewGeek’s favorite tripod, the Vanguard Alta Pro—come with a small bubble level so you can level out your camera even when you’re shooting on rough ground. If your tripod plate doesn’t come with a level, you can pick one that clips into your camera’s hot shoe up for a few dollars.

Your camera might also come with a built-in digital level or virtual horizon. Canon and Nikon’s basic entry level cameras don’t have one,

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