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Old 01-23-2005, 08:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unfortunately I do not know the "basic rules" of photography yet. I understand the rule of thirds and some other basics, but am really in the dark when it comes to cropping an image. I read in an earlier post from Rolando that arms and hands as a basic rule should be cropped above the joint...something I was unaware. I do not want to rehash that post, but would like some comments on what I have attempted in this image.

I tried to eliminate the bar in the window as I thought it distracting, and the vertical portion of the shade. The image was a close up to begin with so options were limited. I am an absolute novice with PS so be forewarned...

Putting my lack of PS skills aside, is the crop a workable one??

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alot of basic rules, just usually dont apply.

Best thing to know about cropping is, crop what you want, till the photo gives you the desired effect,feeling, look you envisioned [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]


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you should be already making these decisions when you shoot. did you shoot that image in the "landscape" aspect ratio? it looks like you did but later tried to crop it to seem like you shot it in the "portrait" aspect. if so, that's why when you cropped it just doesn't seem quite right.
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Actually I was practicing with my glass. I am somewhat limited at the moment. I have the 18 - 55 mm that came with the 300 EOS package and I purchased a 75-300mm Canon telephote ( I have a 85mm primary f1.8 on order). This image was captured with the short end of the telephoto. The 18 - 55 is really not very versatile to me, but of course my inexperience could have a lot to do with that. I placed the model in or near the window and took many shots with different settings in an attempt to produce an image with acceptable lighting. Part of the problem was it was overcast and the available light was becoming less and less by the minute. As I played with the settings, many had to be trashed due to underexposure/overexposure, camera shake etc.( I see a monopod in my future...).

I really didn't care for either image, but was looking for guidelines on what makes a crop a good crop. I see on many posts comments made from different photog's about how they would have not chopped of the limbs, or too close to the head or too much dead space to right or left etc. I know its subjective, but I really need to know some basics on this subject...

But you are right Jimmy, it starts with the original shot...I know that much. Can someone recommend literature on posing techniques...maybe thats an area to begin...you know, BEGIN with the right image pose and refine from that point...
Anu suggestions??
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