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Cropping is something I should never do…

At least not for correcting mistakes when I don’t get the composition right in camera or I include a distracting element as well, errors I could have eliminated before taking the picture which also shortens the post-production process. This is what I heard from professional photographers and I completely agree, although it comes handy if I want to change the aspect ratio, the proportions between height and width, but the main reason is over-cropping ruins the quality of the image. Essentially I should consider the purpose of the photograph and carefully frame it before releasing the shutter button to avoid chopping off parts of the image for a better composition.

 

1. Changing the dominant element

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Original – On the beach: water sport rental in Rhodes.

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Cropped version – Accentuating the man and his actions, by cropping the beach off makes it look like the boat is floating in the middle of the sea.

2. From vertical to horizontal

Original – Including the stairs creates greater depth.

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Cropped version – More static composition, but the sailing boats and apartments are easier to see, small elements became more visible.

3. Cropping different parts of the image

Original - Interior design shots a friend.

Original – Interior design shots for a friend.

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Crop 1. – Top of the frame: Showing only few elements, the composition is still balanced.

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Crop 2. – Bottom of the frame: showing the majority of the elements.

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Crop 3. – Small part of the frame: showing only one element.

 

This exercise was really useful to me to understand there are many different ways to look at the subject and take different images of the same scenery depending of the purpose of the picture, another way to change the story.

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To be able to complete this exercise,  I visited Italy. Well, not exclusively for that, I really wanted to go on a skiing holiday anyway. This was my second time cruising down the slopes and I though I can manage this with the camera in my hand – more precisely around my neck – and hoping we can both survive. The gorgeous location is Selva di Val Gardena, South Tyrol, Italy. The last two images were taken in Tenerife, yes… another holiday!

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I chose to do the majority of the images landscapes as we often shoot in horizontal format, I thought it would be interested to find out how they will work as a vertical composition.

Surprisingly, most of them did work. Those that I found more comfortable to look at the horizontal position were captured the slopes from the side, therefore horizontally (Picture 2., 3., 5., 7. and 9.). I found myself positioning the subject lower than the centre (Picture 2., 13., 15., and 20.) so I tried to create different compositions drawing the attention to the top corners of the frame (Picture 5., 6., 10., 18. and 19.)  I noticed that the vertical compositions are creating a greater sense of depth as it’s inevitably includes more of the foreground.

Thanks to this exercise I will be more aware of my choices how to frame my subject in order to create more interesting photographs.