I was thinking about this the other day and was curious how others handled it.
I shoot mostly for fun, but lately I'm making more contacts in the community and I'm trying to turn a hobby into a something to at least make some money on the side.
I've normally cropped freely during PP just to get proper framing, eliminate clutter, stick to the rule of thirds, etc.
But by doing that, I'm not sticking to common print sizes like 8x10, 11x14, and so on. So for example, so all of the free cropped images I've uploaded, if I try to get them printed for customers, they will be futher cropped to fit the designated ratio.
So is it a bad idea to "free crop" instead of sticking to the native camera ratio or other similar ones?