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3 Composing > What About Cropping Both Ways?

What About Cropping Both Ways?

I will admit here that I sometimes do crop both ways. My goal is to create the best possible image, not the largest possible image. If I see a better way to frame an image after the fact, then I think it is silly not to do so. If I were to trim a fair amount off (say more than 10%), and do it very often, then I would be rightly accused of sloppy work. But, cropping small amounts now and then to strengthen an image is perfectly reasonable.

Sometimes I don’t have a choice. I find this happens more often than I ever would have predicted. For example, I may be standing at the top of a ridge, which means I can’t move back and I can’t move forward without risking life and limb. If I have a zoom lens that exactly matches the framing I need, that is all well and good; but perhaps I want my Canon TS-E 90 mm lens for a tilt, my 50 mm macro lens because it’s sharp, or my 300 mm lens (when what I really need is a 320 mm lens, but I don’t have one).


  

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