Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/05/29

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Digital cropping
From: "Edward Mortimer" <>
Date: Tue, 29 May 2001 18:56:13 -0000

        I think that if an image warrants a crop to make a good composition 
or exclude some unwanted subject matter then certainly cropping should and 
can be used, and sometimees to good effect
Although it would be nice to think we all good enough to frame the image 
consistantly correct at the taking stage. There are bound to be times when 
cropping is necessary. Even Henri Cartier Bresson, although renound for 
printing full frame, has taken to a bit of cropping here and there. His 
picture 'Behind the Gare Saint Lazare'( was an 
example of this. The corner of a wall that was cropped out of the original 
is clearly seen in the final print. So, if you think it needs it, crop it. 
Besides, cropping is only one of many processes we perform when making good 

Regards Edd

>In a post I just sent out I mentioned that I don't like cropping. I think
>one of the negatives aspects to digital photography is that I've really
>become lazy in my framing. I mean, if I want a black border in a silver
>print I must print full frame. (I know there are some work arounds, but
>they're a pain and they just don't look the same). With digital I can crop
>to my heart's content and then just push a key and my macro places a black
>border. (Heck, I can even crop my Leica 35mm negs square and put a
>Hasselblad notch border on them).  But is cropping good or bad? I always
>feel as though I missed the mark -- i.e. got lazy in my seeing -- if I have
>to crop. Just curious as to what other people think.

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