Aligning camera for architecture?

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Aligning camera for architecture?

I was shooting an architectural assignment this morning (just progress photos of finished hospital rooms--no biggie) and I found myself thinking that I spend easily 90% of my time just getting the verticals vertical and the horizontals horizontal. Exposure and composition are nothing--the darn camera alignment takes most of the time because architectural clients love everything parallel.

I use a Canon 5D III on a decent Manfrotto tripod and head. I've played around with bubble levels, the internal 5D III level readout on the LED, but most of the time I just end up trying to make the edges of the frame align with the edges of the structure I'm shooting.

Anyone got any better techniques? TIA!

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