Opinion on cropping portraits

Started Feb 18, 2013 | Discussions thread
Kriekira
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In reply to arie, Feb 18, 2013

Your digital camera is data recorder more than a picture-maker. Use it to record data. The more the better -- but you have to decide how you want your "more": detail or context. (For a lot of money, you can get a good bit of each.)

Your digital data processor -- a computer -- is your picture maker. If you are making pictures, let the picture determine the proper framing. All pictures are different. Forcing them, a priori, into a fixed frame is perverse and unhelpful.

The reason our digital data recorders take the circle of data they gather and trim the top, bottom, and sides is because, for engineering reasons, film cameras were limited to rectangular areas of exposure, and these were most cost-efficiently produced and processed in strips. A picture-maker's camera today should record _all_ the data the lens gathers, and produce files that show this circle of data.

Use your data recorder to record the most useful datasets you can. Then use your data processor to make the pictures you want.

You either accept responsibility for making pictures -- or you accept that distant and dead engineers are making those decisions for you.  "Cheating" doesn't ever enter the equation.  Whatever you decide, the picture is yours.

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