Composition is such an important tool in photography. It can either make or break a photo. What if there are undesirable things captured in the photo or there are simply too much clutter? One idea to salvage a photo – crop it.
There are many ways to crop a photo and it all depends on the elements captured in that photo. Digital cameras are packed with larger and larger megapixel. When it comes to cropping, having a large megapixel camera (at least 10MP, in my opinion) helps in preserving those finer details. On the web, it may not look so obvious but comes to printing, it does make a difference.
Let’s try to do some editing and cropping. Rural landscape – taken while in the train on the way to Paris. This is the original.
Reflection on the top left corner and the foreground is a distraction – so editing is necessary.
After cropping, this is one version of it – a vertical panorama. The foreground has been retained to add contrast to the background line of trees and distance mountains.
Another version – a horizontal panorama. Cut off the majority of the top frame and foreground. Concentration is on the background of mountain ranges.
More cropping with a tighter horizontal panorama concentrating on the long lines of trees.
Changing format to black and white now for comparison. The bottom frame has been cropped further.
So don’t give up on a photo just yet. Crop and edit a bit, see how it goes.
Hope you like the pictures!