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Tips for Photographers: Cropping

Posted on January 27, 2016 by DropPlace | 0 comments
Here at DropPlace we're all about DIY and simple photography tips and tricks for bloggers, mothers, teachers and photographers of all kinds! And because of that we bring you some easy-peasy editing rules of thumb. Today we're focusing on cropping.

 

 
 Cropping refers to the removal of the outer parts of an image to improve framing and accentuating the photographed subject. Digital cropping is the most popular form because it's easier to crop post production but physical cropping of printed photos is an option as well.  

 

Cropping in an awkward position can end up ruining a perfectly good shot! It can make the viewer feel uncomfortable or anxious *insert scary music here* without even really knowing why and that's not ususally the reaction you'd like to receive when it comes to portrait photography.
Because we love you and we don't want you to have any photo disasters we've complied a short list of DO's and DON'Ts when it comes to your cropping needs.

 

DON'T chop off the tips of foreheads and don't cut off any ears. You wouldn't like if someone did that to you! ...wait.
DO crop near the center of the forehead. It's an intentional crop to emphasize the photo and to add visual interest. This crop is great when other parts of the subject are "bleeding" off the page.

 

DON'T cut off anyone's head.
DO crop at the bust -- underneath the shoulders is an easy mark.

 

DON'T crop at any joints! (elbows, wrists, knuckles, knees, ankles, toes)
DO crop above or below the waist and right above the knee and low to mid calf.

 We hope that this brief guide will help you in times of editing terror! As always check back every Wednesday for our DropPlace dish. (We just made that up, we like it now). (:

 

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