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| p.1 #12 · Friday Night Lights: What's your cropping philosophy? |
I'm just starting out myself, so take my post with a large grain of salt.
I think the crops are very good for the shots. I'm very new but I try to get either the whole player, or crop over the knee. Your #1 and #3 don't follow this, but they still look good (much better than when I try cropping below the knee), so maybe I need to rethink my rules!
I can't speak from selling experience, so maybe someone else can chime in on this, but I would expect shots more like 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8 to get sales because mom can clearly see her son's face. While I don't think shots like 1 and 2 are at all bad, I imagine a mom would care a little more about recognizing her son in the image than necessarily having great action. If you sell package deals, a mix of action/wider and face/closer shots would probably be great, as has been mentioned.
I think you've also done a very good job cropping considering you've restricted your aspect ratio. I do the same (having prints in mind), but find it restricting. For the people who sell digital copies, do you guys find it beneficial to open up to non-standard ratios? Even if you don't try other ratios, for the action shots (which I understand you didn't post here but probably have) I imagine 4x6 would often work better than 6x4 and give some variety. Overall I like the tighter crops, but would think having more options/crop variety available for buyers could only help sales.
This is just my uneducated opinion, so experts feel free to refute anything I say and help Dennis and myself learn