Cropping is one of the key tools to modifying our images.
Yesterday, we took a look at a quick start to cropping images. Today, we want to dive deeper and make sure that you know all about the
Why do we crop? Let’s think of some reasons:
- To remove something distracting that we don’t want in the photo
- To create a better composition, drawing focus to a subject
- To create something more geometrically inspiring
- For a special print or other finished product
Simply put, we can use cropping to reshape our images, and create something
If you’re a web or graphic designer, you’ll probably want to do your cropping in Photoshop. Photoshop is for cropping to pixel sizes, but Lightroom is plenty good for cropping in the ways that photographers typically need.
Let’s talk about a concept called aspect ratio. This is something that photographers typically just don’t know enough about, and it can be a little tricky to get start with.
Let’s first realize that every image has a “shape”. Let’s take a look at an image that comes out of my digital SLR, the Canon 5D Mark II. This image has a resolution of (size pixels). If we do some division, we can find that the aspect ratio of the
Not every camera or photo has that same aspect ratio. A 4:3 image is quite obviously rectangular in shape, but it’s not super rectangular. If you have a widescreen monitor, it’s probably either a 16:10 monitor, or a widescreen TV is 16:10. Again, this means that these displays are 16 inches wide for every 10 inches tall.
Crops can bet set to