Hey everyone, @benjamin_warde here! Welcome back to #LightroomLessons. If you post photos to Instagram a lot, you might be tempted to set your camera app to capture pictures in a square format. Don’t do it! There’s a very good reason to crop your photos to square in Lightroom after the fact, rather than capturing them as square originally. Swipe through to find out why, and to learn some tips and tricks for the Lightroom crop tool!
If you set your camera to capture square photos, it’s cropping off the edges of the photo to make a square, and you can never get that part of the picture back. But cropping in Lightroom is non-destructive, like all the editing in Lightroom. This means that if you change your mind later, you can always go back and edit the crop at any time, you never lose anything. To access the crop tool, make sure you’re in Edit mode…
…and then tap on the Crop icon.
Here’s what this photo looked like before I cropped it. Since I want to send it to Instagram, the first thing I want to do is make it square. To specify a particular aspect ratio, tap the Aspect Ratio icon.
From the pop-up menu, select the aspect ratio you want, in this case “1 x 1 Square”.
For this photo, I also want to crop out the window frame, so I tap and drag on the crop border until the crop looks the way I want. You can tap and drag on any side, or corner, of the crop border to resize the crop.
I also wanted to rotate this photo slightly. To rotate the photo, tap and drag anywhere outside of the crop border.
When you’re done cropping, tap the checkbox. Nothing ever gets thrown away, you can always reenter the crop tool later to change the crop again.
Bonus Tip 1:
To completely reset the crop, just double-tap anywhere on the crop border.
Bonus Tip 2:
If your photo has a clear horizon line you can just tap on the Straighten icon to straighten the picture automatically.