Cropping. It can make your images stronger!

June 16, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

The other day, as I was enjoying Facebook, and seeing what friends were up to, I saw this image come across my newsfeed, and I thought it was a wonderful moment, captured by my friend of her husband and little girl! I thought it was a great image for her to print to preserve this beautiful memory for her little girl. But there were a few distractions in the image that bothered me. For me, the largest distraction was  the fairly large empty space on the bottom of the image, and then secondly, the napkin and silverware were not adding any interest to the image. Finally, I was not sure if the person in the background "belonged" in the image, as I was not sure where this had taken place. Well, it turns out that this was at a restaurant, and the person in the background was a server at the restaurant.

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Since I had the knowledge and the software, the first thing that I did to make the image a little stronger, was to remove the person in the background, and then I also removed the napkin and silverware in the foreground. I also increased the contrast a little bit, to make the black and white "pop" a little more. But I still was not satisfied with the image...

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The next thing that I did was to crop the image, into a 4x5 ratio, or 8x10 size shown above. Better. But still not happy with it. Why? Well, since Daddy's hand was considerably closer to the camera than his face and the little girl's face, it also appears to be bigger than his head! It probably isn't! :) So I felt that cropping in a little tighter would do 2 things. 1) It would take his large hand out of the image. And 2) it would give the image a more intimate feel.

So that's what I did! I cropped in nice and tight, giving the image a more intimate feel, to match the intimate moment of Daddy tickling his little girl! Michael_tickling_Shelby_1008_4_8x10_IntimateMichael_tickling_Shelby_1008_4_8x10_Intimate Now, since this is an image that may be printed as a memory, for Daddy, and for his little girl, I took it a step further, and added a border to finish the image. But the most important point that I'd like to make, is that sometimes a simple crop can greatly improve the strength of an image. In this case, I think it transforms the image from a snapshot captured by a mom into a lovely piece of wall art for the home, as well as the preservation of a beautiful moment in time captured to freeze that moment for a lifetime! This image brought memories and smiles to me, remembering how my own dad liked to tickle us kids with his beard when we were little! Michael_tickling_Shelby_1008_Border-EditMichael_tickling_Shelby_1008_Border-Edit


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