Cropping for Interest

Go ahead and cut through the top of a head or hat on someone’s head on purpose.  Look at the magazines, even scenes on television; they do it all of the time.  It adds drama to an image. It draws you to their eyes.  Yes, grandma will exclaim, “You cut her head off!”  It is an artistic decision.  They can learn to deal with it. 

Not all images are improved by cropping. Sometimes a client will ask me “How will you crop that?”  I prefer to crop in the camera and get the shot I am visualizing at the moment. So what I show them is what it will look like. As mentioned in tip number one, over cropping after the image is taken degrades the image quality by only using a small part of the original file. 

Be aware that even if a person likes a photographic style and comments on how much they like it, they may still not be comfortable with it on their own images. That happens quite a bit. Educating your subject will make it more acceptable to them, and maybe in time they will trust you to do something creative.

Go ahead and include some images that have dramatic cropping. It adds to the variety of choices. The subject may not select them, and that’s okay. Put one on your wall as a display and enjoy the compliments. 

This is part three of an eight part series from an article  called “Everyday Images Made Extraordinary” that I wrote for a division of Gordon Photography & Gallery dedicated to mentoring other professional photographers who wish to learn more about the business of photography.

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