Getting the right composition in the camera is a goal of any landscape photographer, but there will be times when some cropping is necessary, or at least very helpful. Maybe you want to use cropping to eliminate some distracting elements around the edges of a photo, or to change the composition to emphasize a specific element in the photo. Cropping may also be needed to prepare a photo to be printed in a specific size or aspect ratio. The straighten tool within the crop tool is also extremely helpful for straightening horizons in landscapes.

The crop tool in Lightroom has a lot of helpful features, and this video covers all of the basics.

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Some highlights of the crop tool from the video:

  • Use the keyboard shortcut “R” to quickly access the crop tool.
  • Select Auto, Always, or None to determine when the grid overlay will be displayed.
  • Use the keyboard shortcut “O” to cycle through the various grid options that are available.
  • Use the keyboard shortcut “X” to flip the crop from portrait (vertical) to landscape (horizontal) orientation, and vice versa.
  • Use the “reset” button within the crop tool to reset the cropping changes without resetting any other changes already made in the develop module.
  • Use the straighten tool to quickly fix a crooked horizon.

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