Unless you’re a purist, there are many good reasons to crop a shot. To eliminate distractions. To isolate the central feature. To emphasize the sight lines.
Purists will say that you should have done this when you framed the shot.
Well, lah di daa.
I’m no purist. I crop and straighten and adjust all the time. It’s why I love digital photography. The ability to adjust and reclaim crap shots. To re-make photos into better pictures than I actually took.
In a recent article Edge of Humanity Magazine featured street photographer Daniel Castonguay who distorts photos into art. Inspired, I started playing around with photos taken during a visit to Cuba. It turns out that I didn’t have the right kind of images for distortion. But once started I kept going, adjusting contrast, colors and light. I also played with the crop.
Which brings me the forth reason for cropping. Consistency. I have a few rules when assembling a photo collection.
- Color or Monochrome
- One theme
- One aspect ratio
Nothing bugs me more than a mess of photos with a mix of color, theme and aspect ratios. I’m no purist but I do like consistency.
To illustrate … click through to view images full size and compare effect.
Compared to …
Thanks to Patti for this week’s challenge. She has some helpful pointers in cropping and great examples to see. If you haven’t yet, you should check it out!
Photo taken in Santiago de Cuba, 2018