Unless you’re using a tripod, it’s quite easy to accidentally hold the camera crooked and end up with slanted pictures. In fact, it';s even possible to get a crooked photo with a tripod. Thankfully. it’s simple to straighten a picture; you can use almost any photo editor to do that, but I’m going to share tips on how to do it in Lightroom.
Consider this original picture:
As you can see, the horizon is tilted, which makes it feel like the water is going to spill off the edge of the picture. Sometimes a tilt works in an image, but 9 times out of 10, the horizon should be straight.
In Lightroom, open your picture in the “Develop” module.
When you click on the crop tool, your picture displays with brackets in the corner and your cursor turns into a double-headed curved arrow.
Next, drag to another part of the horizon and a second little white circle appears. The two circles are connected by a white line. When you release the click, the picture straightens based on that white line.
After straightening the picture, I removed the buoys in the water with the clone tool and added a bit of contrast to the image. Here is a before and after of the final product:
Photo credit: Liz Hansen and Kristen Duke