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Tips For Cropping Images

Monday, November 7th, 2016 by | Filed Under: Digital Photography, Photo Editing

You can out and capture some amazing images on your camera, but the way your clicks finally turn out depends a number of aspects: the lighting, subject, timing, and the frame. An important part of making sure you have the best possible image is cropping . Here’s a checklist of important tips for getting the results you want:


Focus on the main subject

When you’re cropping your images, first decide  the message that you wish to convey and crop your shot accordingly. Cut out anything that distracts from the focal point or the message you want to convey. Cut out the extra surroundings that detract from the photo’s main theme or subject.


Rule of Thirds

It’s a fairly simple rule. You divide your viewfinder by two vertical and two horizontal lines. You ought to place the point of interest at any of the intersection of lines or nearby. For example, a person in a sprawling field in a landscape click. If your original image didn’t follow the Rule of Thirds,  you can always edit it back in the studio. If you’re using Lightroom, choose Crop Overlay or R to crop your shot. Use the O key to flip through the various overlays and choose any one that fits the bill. Having said that, rules are meant to be broken and there might be instances where your photos work better without the Rule of Thirds. So, keep experimenting.


Include the surroundings

Remembering the Rule of Thirds is a good start, but along with it, you need to remember that your photographs are more arresting if they tell a story. Focusing on the point of interest is a good rule of thumb,  but also  consider if including more of the backdrop would make it a better composition, especially if you’re working with environment photos or landscape pictures.


Play with possibilities

When you’re editing , always save a copy of the original click and then play around with formats. While cropping, change it from the vertical framing to horizontal  or vice versa.  Sometimes, cropping your shots to unusual sizes works wonder for your clicks. For example, changing your image into a panoramic shot by clipping the top and bottom or changing to a square shape may work well.


Crop as needed

While working on your shots in post-production, always keep in mind what they’ll finally be used for. If your shot is going to be used as a cover picture, cropping it and leaving little or no space around the subject will not work. So, it’s vital that when you’re working on your shot, you crop according to the end usage. Cropping your images is a simple enough task but you need to be thoughtful about it. Experiment and choose.


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One Response to “Tips For Cropping Images”

  1. Ander.son says:

    Good tips, Zahid. I’d also add it’s possible to crop images both horizontally and vertically, it depends on the photo what would be better as it is mentioned in the article One should concentrate on the main object but it doesn’t automatically mean it should be in the center (typical mistake of all newbies).

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