It's a common saying nowadays that people are OCD when they obsess about details, though we know we are just talking about a strong desire to focus extremely intensely on making things perfectly perfect. It's a thing. And in our industry, I believe those who obsess most are often well-rewarded. It is definitely my cup of tea when something needs to be straightened and we line up the guide in Capture One to the object... Oh but wait, is the whole image straight? Is the table level? The camera? It could go on and on. But is it ever too much?
- Like when it's nearing 1am and it's your 2nd shot (image below)
- Or when you have to tweak everything else on the set now because you've moved that one thing.
- Or when the overall vibe of the image suffers at the expense of that mathematically straight item?
- Or your producer says you're going into OT.
Okokok, let's retouch it.