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Quick Camera Tip #1: Using Your Camera’s Level Guide

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Example of an electronic level on a Canon PowerShot G1X

There are many times you need to have a shot exactly level. For instance, architectural shots or landscapes with a defined horizon line. Eyeballing is not very accurate.

How many times have you been excited to take some wonderful shots only to view them in your computer and finding they are off-balance? No problem, you may say, I’ll fix it in PhotoShop. Well, sure that can be done, but if you are like me and carefully compose your images, the PhotoShop fix will force you to cut off much of your image. You might lose an important element such as the person in the corner of the shot that anchored the whole image.

There’s a simple tool that guarantees you a perfectly level shot and it is very easy to use. If you own a newer model digital camera, you most likely have a built-in electronic level. You can use them when you hand hold your camera, or when placed on a tripod. All you have to do is line up the moving marker to the center point on your level bar.

Each camera has a different way to get to the electronic level. Look in your owner’s manual to find it and have it show up while you are shooting.

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