Back in the days of film, we would never think of cropping our images. It had to be exactly as shot in camera. I was one of those snobs. And then the digital revolution happened and my friend Bill said one day, “why are you letting a decision some suit made about the format of your sensor limit your vision”. Bill cropped his images to meet his vision. What a concept! So, I ask you, are you letting a camera manufacturers choice limit your vision? Or are you open to cropping? I admit it, I CROP. Man I feel better! Sure, I try to compose in camera with the space given me. I scan my edges and think about balance etc, however, when I’m presented with a situation where things are just not lining up, I immediately switch to crop mode. By this I mean, I look at the scene and imagine what my crop will be in Photoshop when I get back to process it.
The blog image (above) was made at Ross Castle in Ireland. Try as I might, I just could not get the edges to line up the way I wanted. I shot it just a bit wider than I wanted and then cropped it in Photoshop.
While we’re at it, the image below was made at the same location. Not only did I crop it, I (GASP) used OnOne Software’s Perfect Effects to add a few filters giving is an old time photo look. Heresy!
Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against those who want to shoot in camera and process it to be exactly as they remember it. What I have a problem with is, those who tell me my choice if not valid. Says who? I say, crop as you wish and process in a way that makes your heart sing!
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