Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/01/14

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Re: To crop or not to crop
From: "B. D. Colen" <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2002 13:00:03 -0500

Hi, Sonny - Yes and what you said. ;-). If course cropping is just a
tool - see my just posted typically pedantic overly long post - and has many
valid uses. But it is also an often overused crutch on which far too many
lazy photographers rely. Point and Shoot - and then see later if cropping
will give you a good photograph.

B. D.

- -----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of SonC (Sonny
Sent: Monday, January 14, 2002 12:48 PM
Subject: [Leica] Re: To crop or not to crop

The whole notion of refusing to crop is an idea that escapes me.  I
respect anyone's right to not crop, it is just that I see it as a
normal part of the editing process.  In fact, if you are taking a step
forward or back, or changing lenses, you are making cropping

If on the other hand you do the cropping in the scanning or darkroom
phase, then it becomes only a matter of timing.  You are still in the
composing process, it is just at another time period.

On still another hand, (assuming we have more than two hands
available,)  if you then turn your work over to an editor at a
magazine or a newspaper, or an art director at an ad agency, you
should be prepared, because unless you have done some cropping,
they'll go at it with a vengence for you.

We talk about shooting slides, but twenty years ago I was reshooting
slides on my Honeywell Repronar so I could crop out unwanted elements.


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