To crop or not to crop, that is the question.

7 years 7 months ago #351451 by rtenny
That makes me feel better as well. I do crop a lot as I somehow never manage to get it correct in the viewfinder.  I still need to learn so much.

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7 years 7 months ago #351517 by Baydream

KCook wrote: I always frame slightly wide, to give myself a little wiggle room for fine adjusting the fame later, in post.  Thus I end up cropping ALL of my shots, including landscapes.  Linky -

Kelly Cook

Excellent advice. Since some of us still sell prints, having the ability to crop to standard sizes is a big plus. That "wiggle room" is important. It also helps in action/wildlife where to focus on the subject but then need to "add" space into which the subject can move.

Shoot, learn and share. It will make you a better photographer.

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7 years 7 months ago #351579 by icepics
I don't crop much, or edit much either for that matter. I guess from being a long time film photographer I usually get in my viewfinder what I want my finished photograph to be. I sometimes print what I shot directly from the media card (once I get it in the computer of course), other times I might need to brighten or adjust contrast.

I can see why people would allow for printing different sizes when they're framing shots. I tend to shoot pretty tight but sometimes frame to allow extra space if there's a reason, such as something in the scene I'm not sure if I want in the pictures or not and I'm losing light so include it with the expectation that I can crop it if need be. 

I've done sports and shooting action takes learning the timing, going early to find good vantage points, noticing the backgrounds, etc. and plenty of practice. I don't usually plan on cropping, I usually frame shots the way I want them, but I'll crop to eliminate a distraction or to get rid of extra space etc. if it's needed.

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