We can’t always use the perfect lens in all situations. And even if you shoot with straight horizons, lens distortion (or even standing slightly off center) can make your image look askew.
One of my biggest pet peeves is crooked lines, but it’s almost unavoidable when you’re shooting quickly. Correcting lens distortion in Lightroom is easy enough, but it doesn’t always do the trick. This is where the transform tool comes into play.
No.01Correct Lens Distortion
The first step in correcting distortion is making sure that Lightroom corrects it based on the lens you shot with. Make sure you toggle “enable profile corrections” under the Lens Correction panel.
This step usually fixes a lot of the vignetting and a bit of distortion from shooting with a shorter lens. It works well in most situations, but you can take it one step further.
No.02Open Transform Panel
The transform panel has a lot different options to help correct distortion, but I prefer using the “guided” transform tool.
Then click on the guide tool in the top left corner of the panel.
You’ll need at least two guides to help straighten your image. I like to make two horizontal guides and sometimes add a vertical guide if it’s really distorted.
You’ll instantly see a difference once Lightroom adjusts the image.
And a little compressed gif to show you the difference.