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What a difference a crop makes

One of the easiest and quickest ways to turn a snapshot into one for the wall is to creatively crop your photo. Here are some examples of before and afters to prove the point.

Take this first example. The before picture isn’t bad. It’s a composition with the subject, here my daughter, centered in the frame. There aren’t any distractions in the frame and it’s overall pretty clean. But notice how much stronger the tighter crop of her is. The photo is now clearly about her and her personality. Her features pop and you can appreciate her expression. Why? Because with the tighter crop I was able to create a more interesting composition using the rule of thirds.

Here’s another example. This one is practical example of cropping an image. It is an image I shot in my studio a few months back. I took individual portraits of the kids and some joint pictures. When I went to frame the pictures I realized that I needed three portraits. Not a problem. Apply a portrait crop and ta-da! I now have a great portrait of the kids suitable for framing.

I have to share that cropping is not my first go to when editing my images. Sometimes my cropping ideas are as a result of importing an image into Photoshop that’s too big to display on the screen without scrolling. To try it out yourself simply keep zooming into a photo. (Of course you can simply use the crop tool in either Photoshop or Lightroom but I like zoom because it’s way less destructive.)

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