Cropping Photos to Highlight the Subject

Originally I subscribed to the ‘no editing should be needed’ philosophy, influenced by my photography instructors in the early 70s. They thought all framing had to be done in the camera, especially when using slides which really couldn’t be edited anyway.

Nowadays, with digital, it is way easier to crop every which way!

The original photo of a Whiskey Jack on a branch outside a cabin window. There were reflections on the bottom half of the photo that I immediately cropped out. The original photo of a Whiskey Jack on a branch outside the windowTesting out cropping the photo by thirds, placing the conjunction of the thirds to focus in on the Whiskey Jack’s eye.
Testing out cropping the photo by thirds to focus in on the Whiskey Jack's eyeIn the end I kind of liked him centered.The cropped photo of a Whiskey Jack on a branch outside the windowI loved the subtle light and shadows playing across the marble robe of the original photo of a praying figurine topping a tomb in the Delft Old Church in Holland.a statue on a tomb in the Old Church in Delft, HollandCropped down to focus on her robe.A praying figure on a tomb in the Delft Old Church, HollandThe original image of a man picking up his fish traps and stacking them on his motorcycle cart on a beach in Koh Lanta, Thailand.A man picking up a fish trap and stacking them up on a motorcycle cart on a beach in Koh Lanta, ThailandThis long and skinny version is actually a cropped banner that shows up better on the home page of my WordPress theme, one of the primary reasons I seem to be cropping nowadays.A man picking up a fish trap and stacking them up on a motorcycle cart on a beach in Koh Lanta, ThailandThe primary focus of this image from Langkawi, Malaysia is the interaction of a chicken spotting a head-turning rooster. A chicken spots a handsome rooster in the sandy courtyard of a beach motel in Langkawi, Malaysia.The WordPress banner using the original image looked terrible when cropped down to the home page banner size. This crop looked way better and showed off the rooster.Langkawi chicken checks out a handsome rooster (Malaysia)More of the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge of the Week: Cropping the Shot.

11 responses to “Cropping Photos to Highlight the Subject

  1. Interesting to see how the shots change with each crop. I really like what you did with the Whiskey Jack. I never heard of that type of bird before! Great post for the theme, Elizabeth!

  2. I agree Elizabeth, I often crop for my WP header. Yours work perfectly. Under a previous version of my theme the header stayed with the post. Now the header changes to the current version no matter which post you’re looking at. Kind of a bummer of a change I think.

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