How much do you crop? (with photos)

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  1. Micah

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    I was just wondering how much crop is acceptable. I tried some wildlife and ended up having to crop about 1/2 of the picture to make it look right. I'm sure the pros would take the time to get close and get it right with no crop, but what is the norm?

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    I think that the crop all depends on the image subject and how many megapixels you have. The more you crop down the more information you are losing. As long as the image is around 300 ppi at full size you should be good.
     
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    It depends on a few things. For example, if I'm making a large print, I really don't want to crop much because off all the pixels I'd be loosing. If it's just for web viewing or my own amusement, then I'll crop as much as I think the image needs.

    I tend to shoot slightly wide and leave room for cropping...because sometimes I need different aspect ratios (8x10 for example) and if my original 2:3 image is too close, the 4:5 crop just doens't work.
     
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    I crop as much as I need, but I generally shoot with the intention of not doing any, or as little as possible. More often than anything I'll crop to a 4x5 ratio, just because I like that shape sometimes and can't get it out of the camera.
     
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    the 'pros' use a seven thousand dollar super telephoto lens to get close..
     
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    Ok the 2:3, 4:5 is greek to me. anyone care to splain?
     
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    It's the print size ratio...
    2:3 could be a 4x6" print
    4:5 could be a 8x10" print.
    Since each of these examples has a different ratio of length to width, a photo taken on a digital camera will need to be cropped differently for either size
     
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    BTW...I like the squirrel shot.
     
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    Gotcha. Thanks. But theres math involed, and I hate that stuff.
     
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    Ok so my math aint so good. What would be min. PPI for 8x10? Or does that question even make sense?
     
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    dxqcanada Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I make it a point not to crop the image after shooting.
    I make the best attempt of shooting what I expect as the final image.

    Now, I know this cannot always be done as some objects/subjects are just too far away ... but then I make the decision not to take that image ... and find a slightly different image of the object/subject that does fit.
     
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    My favorite photographer, Arnold Newman, possibly the greatest 20th century portrait photographer, was a cropping mad man.

    Rent that documentary about James Natchway (spelling?), and listen to what his printer says about photographers, and their unwillingness to crop out of the camera. He asks what's more important? The pride of getting it right in camera? Or the pride of creating a better photograph?

    Obviously cropping in camera can be an important concern when using small format cameras, but as usual when it comes to art, sticking to the rules all the time gets in the way of the creative process.
     

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