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Old May 9, 2005, 10:37 AM   #1
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I got my first DSLR a few weeks ago, the 20D. I have been taking photos and more photos and finally took it out for a weekend cruise a couple weeks ago. One of the biggest problems I had was keeping the camera level(parallel with the horizon to make sure level is understood). I would say 40% of my pictures needed to be rotated to make them level?

I do hold the camera with both hands, as most SLR manuals will suggest. But is there a better technique to try and keep your camera level. The Diamond focus on the view finder seems to be hard for me to line up correctly. I know, I am a big time noob when it comes with this. I would just greatly appreciate any advice that you all could throw my way......
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Old May 9, 2005, 12:29 PM   #2
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I use the AF points on my 10D to align with the horizon (if possible). This is only when I am hand holding. You should use a tripod with a level for lanscape shots.
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Old May 10, 2005, 7:30 AM   #3
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I'm not great at taking level pictures either. I actually bought a level that slips on the hot shoe. I am sure using the focus points well become more natural.
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Old May 10, 2005, 2:18 PM   #4
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There is software that can rotate your pictures one degree at a time, so that you can level out the horizon post-production.

Then just crop it square again.

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Old May 10, 2005, 7:51 PM   #5
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The grid focusing screens were great for helping with that :-), too bad you can't switch the screens in the lower end dslr cameras :-)

Yes, using the focusing points or some other marks in the viewfinder will help. I also use a hot-shoe bubble level, but that works best in a tripod and both my tripod and ballhead have bubble levels in them :idea: I still manage to take ocassionaly tilted images. :blah:

Yep, software can fix your mistakes and leveling is an easy fix, but I prefer to get it right in camera as much as possible.

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