Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2003/10/21

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Subject: Re: [Leica] to crop or not to crop
From: "Barney Quinn" <>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2003 17:43:07 -0400
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I think this is why editors exist. A bad editor is a living nightmear. A good one can make you look like a genius. Each of us is emotionally involved with our work. ( If you aren't then why did you push the shutter release in the first place? ) This involvement makes it very, very difficult to see and edit your own stuff. You really need what
amounts to an opjective, non-involved surgeon to cut and cut and cut.


"Saganich, Christopher/Medical Physics" wrote:

> Cropping should be used to add emphasis on the subject.  In the St. Catherine's photo there isn't any relevant information to the right so it should be cropped out which will keep the eye on the face and emphasize the motion.  That said, almost all my photos need cropping, but I seem never to do it.  I have no problem editing other peoples work.
> Chris Saganich
> -----Original Message-----
> From: [] On Behalf Of Phong
> Sent: Tuesday, October 21, 2003 4:27 PM
> To:
> Subject: RE: [Leica] to crop or not to crop
> Liam,
> I confess - I crop.  I do it daily.  One of
> the first thing I do when I look at my photos,
> (and others too!) is to see if a crop improves
> the image.
> When I take the pictures, I do the best I can
> to compose in the viewfinder. When I get home,
> I crop as necessary to get the best images out
> of the negatives or digital files.
> By the way, you got quick reaction !
> And I did try to crop, but could not improve the image.
> Cheers,
> - Phong
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From:
> > []On Behalf Of Liam
> > Maloney
> > Sent: Tuesday, October 21, 2003 2:30 PM
> > To:
> > Subject: [Leica] to crop or not to crop
> >
> >
> > I confess - I hate cropping my photos. In fact, I
> > almost never do it. I know, I know, I'll never make it
> > as a photographer if I don't crop - I just don't like
> > doing it. I have this idea that cropping somehow takes
> > away from the purity of the moment I captured in the
> > viewfinder. More sensible people would look at my work
> > and find a way to crop (and improve)every single image
> > in my portfolio. But I argue that a good photographer
> > learns to get better by printing full frame.
> >
> > Anyone else feel this way?
> >
> > FWIW, I haven't decided which version of Steve's ICU
> > photo I like better. Full frame as a part of a picture
> > story, cropped as a single image, I think. Nice work.
> >
> > -Liam
> >
> >
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