Join Steve Simon for an in-depth discussion in this video Cropping and how it affects the meaning in an image, part of Learning to Critique Photos.
- You know, we crop all the time when shooting,…even during the original exposure,…by what we choose to include or exclude from the frame.…But we have even more control…over what is being communicated by cropping the image…after it has been taken.…You can actually save or improve a photo…by cropping out parts of it that might be distracting…or interfere with the composition.…But you can also change meaning in a photo…by cropping out key elements.…Sometimes, this is the one thing you can do…after the image has been taken to most improve it.…
As a street photographer, it's most important for me…to capture the moment and the elements within the frame,…keeping the important elements sharp.…And for me, that's more important…than having the final composition.…And here are a few examples of this.…And, you know, in a way, this is the way I shoot.…I like to keep it loose, and then once in post,…I will tighten it up and crop it the way…it was meant to be shot in the first place.…It's just that I want to make sure…that I get the entire scene that I want.…
Join Steve Simon as he deconstructs images through critique. Grow your awareness of the impact your choices make on the interpretation of an image. Enhance your command of shutter speed, depth of field, focal plane, and more, to help convey a specific meaning. Learn how to study, review, and analyze images, sharpening your photographic eye and expanding your visual vocabulary.
- Identifying strong photographs
- Deconstructing images
- Understanding the impact of shutter speed, focus, and depth of field
- Interpreting the visual weight of an image
- Evaluating the lighting
- Determining whether to convert an image to black and white
- Changing the meaning of an image by cropping
- Timing and the moment
- Designing in the image
- Developing a visual vocal vocabulary