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Oct 09, 2012 16:43 |  #1

My partner and I took some photos for fun/experience of a family friend's 2-year-old daughter named Bria and her dog.

We didn't go crazy with setup or scene, this was just in their driveway/yard. Please ignore the BMW, mother, and rehab center in the background (lol).

I just picked 8 that I shot/edited to post. All shot with 5DII/24-105mm.

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Oct 09, 2012 18:12 |  #2

Nice shots, but the crops are confusing


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Oct 09, 2012 18:18 |  #3

Thanks. You know I'm glad you said that. Aside from me trying to crop the mom/other busy background things out of some, I've always had a little bit of trouble trying to decide what/how much/whether to crop my photos or not.

I know some photos (in general) are different than others and are more obvious in what to crop.
What is generally the way to look at this? Are there preferred guidelines?

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Oct 09, 2012 18:39 |  #4

You generally want to keep the proportions the same when you crop. When I crop, I start with the crop over the entire image, and then hold down SHIFT when I move it in.


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Oct 09, 2012 18:50 |  #5

Hmm, so for example, 1 and 4 might be okay but 3 and 8 aren't?

What about ones like 7 that aren't proportional but neither is the subject in the photo? Just don't crop that way anyway? (In 7, I was much further back than what you see, and I cropped it that way).




  
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Oct 09, 2012 22:22 |  #6

The normal proportions of a picture is 8x12 for a landscape, or 12x8 for a portrait. When you're cropping you want to keep those proportions. If you post 1 or 2 originals I will be happy to show you how.


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Oct 10, 2012 10:02 as a reply to  @ TacCPhotography's post |  #7

Thanks.

Here are three Raws from the photos:

https://dl.dropbox.com​/u/9223923/Bria/IMG_43​78.CR2 (external link)

https://dl.dropbox.com​/u/9223923/Bria/IMG_43​79.CR2 (external link)

https://dl.dropbox.com​/u/9223923/Bria/IMG_43​86.CR2 (external link)

Keep in mind I do all initial editing including cropping in LR4.1




  
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Oct 10, 2012 11:57 |  #8

So, for photo number 3 above (the IMG_4378.CR2 RAW I posted above), I re-did the crop in Lightroom using the crop tool to constrain to 2x3/4x6. Is this what I want to do for most landscape photos? And then switch the dimensions for portrait orientation subjects (which I could have done here too since the subject is portrait/vertically oriented?)?
Btw I can't even figure out how to switch the dimensions in LR from 2x3/4x6 to 3x2/6x4. What am I doing wrong?

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Oct 10, 2012 16:44 |  #9

When you're in LR and entered cropping module, hit "X", it should switch between portrait and landscape orientation.
There is another problem with this photo - the road isn't straight, unless it's intentional.


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Oct 10, 2012 18:03 |  #10

Aleness wrote in post #15105192 (external link)
When you're in LR and entered cropping module, hit "X", it should switch between portrait and landscape orientation.
There is another problem with this photo - the road isn't straight, unless it's intentional.

So in this case I should have done the opposite proportions (using X like you said)? That would be 3x2/6x4 I assume. That way I can straighten the photo for the road and not cut off anything on the girl:

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Oct 11, 2012 07:47 |  #11

So are we saying that photos from any kind of event should always be cropped and exported as the 2x3/4x6 crop proportions in LR- whether portrait or landscape orientation? So anytime you see one of these photo threads and the photos do not go by those proportions, then it's "wrong"? No one has answered this yet..

This sort of explains it - so go by this I guess which is basically what was said above?

http://www.flickr.com …iscuss/72157630​577477434/ (external link)

So basically try to stick to the standard crops of 4x6, 5x7, 8x10, (and reversed portrait proportions) etc to make prints and such easier for you/the customer?




  
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Oct 12, 2012 02:23 |  #12

Truthfully, you can add a whole new dimension by using non-standard crops. Sometimes I make square pictures (1x1) and they look great!
One of the reasons for the standard crops is the size of the print paper and printing services and another is available frames.
If you're shooting for a portfolio, for an online edition, you can use any crop you want.
One of my customers had me crop all the images to 2.3 x 3.9, because that's how it fit her fashion design website.

As for the last crop, instead of centering, I would move her to the right so her head is in upper right third (rule of thirds), but it's just me, I don't like centered images, unless they suggest some symmetry. Also, by straigtening the road it looks like she's pulling and moving forward, which adds movement and make the whole photo more dynamic.


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Oct 12, 2012 09:14 |  #13

:) Rule of Thirds

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Oct 12, 2012 14:52 |  #14
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I'm soooooooooo loving this set.




  
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Oct 12, 2012 17:40 |  #15

Nice. :)


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