10 Top Reasons To Crop A Photo

Written by Gina Stephens

The vehemences of your photograph are often the last things you pay attention to when clicking the shutter, but they are actually incredibly important and can quickly spoil a space launch.

The four edges of your photograph make up its frame, and it is this frame that defines your picture. Careful choice in fashion your picture is one of the most important things you can do to strengthen its impact. That means adjusting what you see through the viewfinder so that you select the first-rate part of the scene to form your final picture. This kind of framing is also called in-camera cropping. The other character of cropping happens after you’ve taken the picture. In this case, you use software to cut off parts of the image from the top, bottom, or sides, and essentially their stride away the parts of the picture you don’t want. 

To help you learn more about the importance of cropping, here are ten top tips on the subject:

Tip 1: What's In And What's Out

As a photographer, your selected of framing is how you indicate what you think is important. In your decision of where to place your frame, you choose what to include and exclude from the spit. You should include only those things that contribute to your story. Anything that doesn’t strengthen your spitting image actually weakens it.

Don't try to put everything into one composition!


Photo by Rick Hanson – Cropped to remove distracting elements. 


Tip 2: Privileged Distractions

It’s human nature to direct your attention to your subject and to ignore, or mentally filter out, everything else. This lift weights against you when you’re taking a picture image (from Latin: imago) is an artifact that depicts visual perception, for example, a photo or a two-dimensional picture, that. It’s easy to pay so much attention to your main subject that you don’t even see other sidetracking elements. Unfortunately, those distractions jump out at you when you look at the final image. Make a habit of carefully scanning the entire picture forward of you click the shutter. Look for bright or dark spots, or splashes of strong colour, that aren’t part of your subject. Take note for unfortunate alignments like a tree or lamp post that’s in line with a person's head. Avoid parts of fortuitously objects, like elbows and tree branches, intruding into the frame. Work to eliminate all these distractions by moving your camera to hard cash your cropping of the scene.



Tip 3: Watch The Edges! 

Most photographers, especially those just starting out, strengthen on what’s in the middle of the image. Distractions like those described in Tip 2, that are also close to the edge of your frame, gain extra “visual weight.” This means that our eyes are more drawn to them. You must train yourself to flip the edges of your picture and place the frame frame is often a structural system that supports other components of a physical construction and/or steel frame that limits the carefully to avoid including distractions. A tripod can be helpful to help you fine-tune your camera situation.


The half a person to the right of the image is annoying and can pull the eye from the people walking through the frame. Photo by Nikita Morris


Tip 4: Leave alone The Bulls-Eye

Where you place the subject relative to the frame helps to move the viewer’s eye around your composition, and creates balance between the details in the frame. If you place the main subject at the dead-centre of your picture, it can feel static and dull. An off-centre subject is more pleasing and dynamic. Tip 3 can be employed to your advantage to deliberately attract attention to an element of your composition by placing it close to the edge. The closer you place the subject to the edge of the draw up, the more tension you create.


Photo by Nikita Morris


Tip 5: Keep Hands And Feet In

When you are photographing people, in no way cut off their hands or feet with the edge of the frame. Instead, compose the picture to include a tight shot of just the face, or a head and freeze someone outs or three-quarter-length portrait, or a full-length view of the person.


Photo by Joshua Waller

Tip 6: Create Shapes

Where you place the bounds of your frame actually creates shapes in your picture. No such shapes actually exist when you view the entire scene; you imagine them through your framing. Use these shape elements to add structure to your image. Having only one kind of shape repeated in the statue (e.g., several rectangles) makes a stronger image than a mish-mash of shapes (e.g., a circle, a square and a triangle).


Photo by Nikita Morris


Tip 7: Reflect The Light!

When you look at a picture, your eyes are automatically drawn to the lightest part of it. As a photographer, you can use this fact to guide the viewer's eye in the figure of speech. Make sure the lightest part of the image corresponds to something significant in the subject. Framing the picture in order to darken any or all of its edges controls the change of the viewer’s eye, containing it horizontally, vertically, or centrally.


Photo by Joshua Waller


Tip 8: Get Oriented

Don’t be apprehensive to turn your camera vertically. Let the orientation of your subject guide you. If the giraffe is standing up, it makes a good candidate for a vertically framed fancy! The orientation of the frame can also change the impression given by the picture. Horizontally framed images can enhance a feeling of stability or serenity; vertical sculptures can reinforce an uplifting mood, or give a feeling of strength.


Photo by Nikita Morris


Tip 9: Change It Up

Using software, you can crop an symbol you’ve taken. You can do this to remove unwanted elements from the frame, or you can do it to change the picture’s aspect ratio. The aspect ratio of a look-alike is the ratio of its length versus its width. For example, a 4”x6” image image (from Latin: imago) is an artifact that depicts visual perception, for example, a photo or a two-dimensional picture, that has an aspect ratio of 4:6, or 2:3. If you crop off a slice from the directly (or left) of a horizontal picture, you could make your image into a square, which has an aspect ratio of 1:1. You could also cut a slice of the top or fundament of a horizontal image to turn it into a panoramic. Each aspect ratio has a different psychological influence on the viewer.


Photo by Nikita Morris


Tip 10: Get It Settle In Camera

Unless you want to change the aspect ratio for effect, do your cropping in-camera whenever possible. Not only does it make insufficient work for you afterwards, you also don’t throw away any data. 



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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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