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There really is an art and a craft to creating a well composed photograph. Whether that means we're composing on camera, which ideally we do, or if we didn't quite nail it and we have to do this after the fact, say with the Crop tool. Well, because of that let's take a look at a few more images, and let's explore how we can clarify our voice and our vision for our pictures by using the Crop tool. We'll be working the two photographs. So let's click on this one, then hold down Cmd on a Mac, Ctrl on Windows and click on this other picture, and then let's open both of these images into Camera Raw, by pressing Cmd+R on a Mac or Ctrl+R on Windows.
With this first photograph here the intent was to show these leading lines and the train in the background. And I did feel like it's a little bit too open, it's almost like I didn't quite resolve this picture well. In order to change that let's select the Crop tool, or by pressing the C Key. Here we'll go ahead and click on the Crop tool and hold down and then choose Normal, that way we can create our own crop. We'll click and drag across the image, hold down the Shift key and just bring this in.
Next what I want do is I'm going to bring up the bottom of this crop here, and I notice that there's a little bit of a tilt. There are a number of different ways that we can correct this. One technique you can use is you can look for elements in your image that should be straight, and then you can just rotate by hovering over one of those corner points, and then changing the crop there. Next let's press Enter or Return. Now in doing that it really brought our subject a little bit more further forward. There is less space up top. Press the C Key again in order to access the Crop tool, and here I'm just going to go ahead and bring this in a little bit tighter and push him a little bit off to the edge of the frame, and then press Enter or Return.
Now he's anchored on the left of the frame, looking towards the right. Really this changed the overall kind of feel of this image. Let's look at another example. Here we'll click on this photograph and if we're comparing this picture to music, one of the things that I feel here, it's almost like this note was just held too long. There's too much space in the top of the image. So again, we'll grab the Crop tool by clicking on it or by pressing the C Key, click and drag across and then I'll go ahead and just bring this way down.
I'm going to make this much tighter and then press Enter or Return in order to apply that. Now this picture is more about the subject and less about the background. You can make more direct eye contact with the subject, rather than looking down. It's almost like you're looking straight towards him. The reason why I showed you these two examples is because that is one of the things that is so common with beginning photographers. Typically, we're too far away. We have too much open, and by bringing our crop in a bit more, whether on camera or after the fact, sometimes can help us clarify our voice.
Now it doesn't mean that all photographs need to be cropped this way. We'll look at one later in this chapter, where we're going to do the exact opposite, and I hope that this will get you thinking about how you can crop your photographs in a way that improves your photograph's overall impact.
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