Why Are People Afraid To Crop?


Madison, Wisconsin, United States

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I am surprised at the number of RBers who are unwilling to crop their photos. When I make the suggestion that cropping could improve composition, I often get the reply that implies that they are either afraid they will be destroying their image or that it is already perfect. In other words, MYOB. Cropping is one of the first tools that I learned in photography classes, workshops, judging and reading. Not only can it move the main focus of the photo to a better position, it can get rid of the unnecessary extraneous clutter or dead space. It’s easy, especially with today’s technology.

If you think I’m full of crap, please consider that professional photographers and editors crop constantly; you seldom see a full photo in the newspaper or a magazine. Not every image is the standard “4x6” rectangle. Some are panoramic (including portrait orientation), some are square, and some are 4×5.75 rectangle. If you still think I’m full of crap, then you’ll be surprised to know that every time you make an 8×10 enlargement print, you are cropping your image, as the true enlargement from a negative is 8×12.

So, please give cropping a try. Cut two “L” shapes, 3 inchs/9mm wide and each arm 12 inches/30.5 mm long, out of black paper. Chose a photo, enlarge to 8×10 and print several copies. Position the cropping “L”s on the photo (like a mat) to show different views and reduction. Mark the new size with a pencil/pen and then cut. Compare your new cropped photos with the original and see how the cropping changes composition. Or you can electronically crop for several views, print and compare.



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