Good Grief - Am I Lopsided?
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I just spent a fabulous weekend in NYC taking tons of pictures. I downloaded them to my computer and realized that 90% of my pictures are crooked. I was shooting with my Nikon D80, and I'm totally surpried that I did this. I wasn't checking my shots too closely because I was just shooting whatever caught my eye and snapping a few photos. I was taking the time to compose my photos though.
It now has me wondering what the heck my problem was. Has anyone else ever had this happen to them? My kids keep telling me I'm shrinking.........maybe one side more than the other?!?
Were you shooting a lot of buildings, or were there a lot of buildings in the background? Sometimes all those vertical, horizontal, and diagonal lines can fool you into "leveling" the camera on the wrong line. In those circumstances, I find that turning on the gridlines on my display helps me keep things squared-up.
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I do this a lot. I tend to compose the shot, pay attention to everything except that the picture isn't level. When I get it into photoshop, I realize what I did and usually have to rotate the picture 1.5 to 3 degrees to get it level.
I noticed tonight while I'm working on editting my Disneyland photos that my tripod shots of World of Color are all crooked. Know that's because a "we just magically forgot english after speaking it perfectly two seconds ago" family decided to sit ON my stuff... when asked to get off they pretended like they only spoke spanish forgetting that they had talked to me for a solid ten minutes prior to the line moving to the seats. Um, oops. Told them didn't care if they spoke it or not, they needed to get off my stuff... so their kid proceeded to bump into my tripod through the whole show.... this is why I like travelling with at least one more person lol there's less chance of that happening when I have a buffer.