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During the holiday season, I think I may take about 1,000 photographs of my family. No joke. It’s one of the reasons that I love this time of year, because I get to combine two things that I adore: my family and photography. I will post many of these photographs on my Instagram page … so I decided to teach some really basic Lightroom tutorials. This tutorial is a Lightroom cropping and rotating tutorial, which comes in handy when editing all my Insta-photos!

Lightroom Cropping and Rotating Tutorial

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I once read a photography article that there are only two things that you can’t fix with Lightroom: out-of-focus (blurry) photographs and high ISO (pixelated) photographs. How true that is!! Lightroom is like magic. It makes everyone think that they are a smashing photographer — I know that it makes me feel like a superstar! With a little bit of cropping and rotating magic, and some Lightroom presets, you can make almost any photograph look like one taken by a pro.

Let’s start with a photograph. Here’s one of #JoePaw, rolling in the grass on the hills near my house. I want to make this photo into an Insta-photo, so I want it to be square. I like this photograph as-is, because I like view in the background. But, it’s not square. Damn you, Instagram, and your square-ness! Okay, I take that back. I love you, Instagram.

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Well, we first have to select the crop tool.  You can access this tool from the right-hand panel, as shown below.  Alternatively, you can use the letter “R” as a keyboard shortcut.

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Use the keyboard shortcut “O” to rotate through the different grids.  Here, I have the small box grid lines shown.

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You can use the aspect ratio to make it a 1×1, which is a square.  I rotated my gridlines to the large boxes, so it will naturally fit into thirds.  I think the grid lines are a bit hard to see in this picture, but they break the square into 9 different boxes.  This makes it super easy to use your Rule of Thirds.

If you instead use a different aspect ratio, you can use the keyboard shortcut “X” to flip from portrait to landscape really quickly.

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Now you can rotate the photo.  Move your mouse near one of the edges (in this case, near the right-upper-corner).  The pointer will change to an icon that looks like two arrows in opposite directions.  Sorry, but I wasn’t able to screen capture it!

I’m going to rotate my picture just slightly so that the hill is flat.  It’s not a drastic change, but since I do not have the entire background view, I thought it might look better.

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Add some Lightroom presets to this bad boy.  And here is #JoePaw!

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