Software to Automatically Straighten Verticals

If you previously read my blog post about the importance of straightening verticals for real estate photography, go read it now.


I was doing some research today and ran across a program called ShiftN which is a tool that automatically straightens verticals! Even better, it's FREE. Sadly, it's Windows-only, but still that's not a major deal-breaker.

I have not yet had a chance to try it myself, but figured some of you might want to try it out and share feedback.

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Comment by Nathan Strauch on December 21, 2010 at 11:15am

How is it working?  You like?

Comment by Alan Pinstein on December 21, 2010 at 11:31am

Still haven't tried it... I don't shoot tours so I don't really have occasion to try it out and have been swamped with working on our products.

Comment by Michael Basch on December 23, 2010 at 2:02pm
Nathan - I've used it on occassion.  It's not a bad utility.  I've even tried their "batch" utility to speed up the editing process.   Sometimes, with a number of crazy shots, it created something off-beat.  If most of your angles are close to normal, this tool will save you quite a bit of time!
Comment by Sharon Beth on January 6, 2011 at 6:44pm

I use it all the time, love it. Its fast and works great, although in the processing

it does cut down the original image in the cropping stage and may shave off some

important elements of your photo.

Comment by Alan Pinstein on February 1, 2011 at 4:10pm
I am featuring this application -- we've gotten a lot of feedback direct from customers that this app is a real time-saver. We want to make sure everyone knows about it!
Comment by Nina Everitt on August 18, 2012 at 1:07pm

I love ShiftN - use it all the time thanks to your original suggestion.  I have tried to beat it using other programs but it's a real time saver.  The only drawback was pointed out by Sharon, you can not crop it yourself, it's part of the ShiftN process and may take out something along an edge that you need in there.  It also works better on inside shots than exteriors.

Comment by TourBuzz Support on August 18, 2012 at 1:19pm

Glad it's been a time-saver for you! I was just seeing if they had an update and noticed this great ShiftN user guide which is worth a read if you haven't seen it yet.

Comment by Nina Everitt on August 18, 2012 at 1:58pm

Thanks SO much.  I found that under "options/type of output," users can uncheck "trim automatically" and the straightened photo (with white angled edges) allows personalized cropping in another program.  ShiftN just got even better for me!  Thanks again.


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