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| p.1 #8 · Cropping in Camera... |
Cropping in camera is great until it isn't, like when you need a 1x1 or 8x10 aspect ratio. No amount of proficiency or SOOC pride club membership will get you there. We had a recent related thread on this topic, and this is what I said there:
Point 1: getting right in camera doesn't mean use every last megapixel. It means, getting the shot you intend to get through pre-visualization. If you intend a photo (say a group shot) to be a 11x14 print candidate, make sure you leave space to allow for the post-production crop.
Point 2: non-standard sizes are possible, but they are less likely to connect for a single print, and more likely to be useful as part of a multi-photo album page or stand-alone panel.
Point 3: crops for some reason are really confusing to our clients. Make sure you explain to them that if...Show more →
As a corollary to these points, I'll just state we don't live in a 3:2 (or whatever aspect ratio your camera shoots) world. Logically, there's nothing intrinsically correct or universally must-have acceptable about a 3:2 crop.
Second corollary: unless your gifts of divination and into-the-future time travel are epic, you will not be able to anticipate all the possible uses of a photograph, with cropping being one of the affected outcomes.
Now, we can (and should) all agree that cropping after the fact because you didn't bother to compose in-camera isn't optimum or recommended.