Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/05/29[Author Prev] [Author Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Author Index] [Topic Index] [Home] [Search]
Dave, 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'(www.photology.com/bresson/) 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 images. 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. > >Dave > _________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at http://www.hotmail.com.