How often and how much do you crop?

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Ed B
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Re: How often and how much do you crop?

timo wrote:

A quote from one of Mike Johnston's recent posts on his excellent The Online Photographer website, talking about viewfinders:

'Winogrand often barely looks through his viewfinder at all. Cartier-Bresson hid his camera behind a handkerchief in his hands, and it was said that he could get it to his eye, take a picture, and hide it again before most people even noticed what he was doing.'

In other words, precise framing in the camera wasn't their greatest priority. Which runs somewhat counter to all those people who obsess about 'getting it right in the camera'. For many great photographers, cropping, either radically or as fine adjustment, has always been part of the creative process. Personally I enjoy it - many photos are improved that way. Plus ... there's nothing sacrosanct about particular aspect ratios. They are just accidents of history.

How much time and concentration do you give to cropping before you post images online or have them printed?

I guess everyone is different, but I post process every image I intend to keep and usually slightly crop almost every image.

No matter how perfect I try to get everything when I'm taking a picture, I always feel that minor post-processing improves an image and light cropping can be an important part of the process.

On the other hand, my favorite camera has a fixed 35mm lens and, depending on how close I am to the main subject, I might want to crop more than usual to get what I want.

Most (all?) of my pictures are only snapshots, so I need all the help post-processing can provide just to get decent results.

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