@dreed - You know that you can crop and hold down CtrlR / CmdR ?
That's just a short cut for clicking on the ruler, yes?
And it doesn't work when zoomed in (crop forces you back to 100% view).
Because LR or your computer can't read your mind or know your intentions. If both could think then they might surmise you want the imperfections? It is your image and you are in charge and you should be using the tools - assuming they are adequate - to instruct the program to carry out your wishes?
If LR can do "Auto Tone", why can't it do "Auto Straighten"?
And if it can do "Auto Straighten", why can't it do "Auto Keystone Correction"?
The instructions I want to give to LR are:
- rotate the image and apply whatever distortion correction is necessary to present a straight and horizontal horizon (that might also lead to instructions such as "apply rotation and distortion correction to have as many trees as possible being straight up and down.")
- determine and apply the required correction to make this building look like a rectangle rather than a trapezoid
Now I would be happy to tell LR which edge it is that needs to be horizontal/vertical and/or draw a circle/box around the squished looking building that needs to be made whole again if that will help but that is the limit of what I want to have to do.
Or to pick a Jeff Schewe favourite topic:
- an "Auto Moire Correction" tool that examines the image, detects what regions are impacted by moire and applies a suitable correction even if there are multiple regions in the image that require different levels of moire correction (not likely but a lens can do funny things to a scene)
After all, moire is easily seen with the eye and if it can be easily seen with the eye then it should be possible to detect it using an algorithm and determine what correction is needed to remove the moire without requiring the use of a brush. Or why not even add an "Eliminate moire" checkbox along with those for removing chromatic aberration, etc?
BTW why don't you ask your camera manufacturer to implement ways to prevent it in the first place.
A lot of the more recent DSLRs and MFDBs do actually include a digital leveling feature. So yes, some camera manufacturers are aware of this issue and are doing what they can to inform the photographer about whether the camera is level or not.