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Jul 21, 2012 15:00 |  #1
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Well this is pretty simple, I am trying to figure out the best way to crop this picture. I did 1 crop, but not sure I'm happy with it. The first photo is the original, and I would like some advise on how to crop it. Feel free to crop the picture as a visual guide if you wish.

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Jul 21, 2012 15:47 |  #2

Josh,
This might be a tighter crop than you want. It's for 8x10.


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Jul 21, 2012 15:50 |  #3

I would crop a little off the left side only or else your dogs paws end up to close too the edge..for matting and framing


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Jul 22, 2012 14:19 |  #4
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Yeah that one V4her did is too far to the left and down. Don't care for that at all. Wanting more of a pro gallery type crop. What would it take to get this picture into a gallery. The dogs pose is great, the lighting is great (and if not, it still has room to adjust using the RAW file), I just cant figure out the best way to crop it...

One friend suggested that I try to center her a bit? But I always try to go off the rule of thirds, so not sure centering would be ok...


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Jul 22, 2012 15:05 |  #5

Your crop with the dog on the right looks fine.

Shooting portraits in portrait mode eliminates a lot of cropping issues.:lol:


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Jul 22, 2012 15:06 |  #6

rule of thirds won't work here, because you haven't left enough space at the top. only if you were further away and if camera was lower, it could be perfect shot, to get it nicely composed
lighting and focus is really cool, composition sucks though
I've used distortion, you can try to photoshop dark space at the top and get more of green background for thirds rule


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I thought there was a lot of blank space that didn't add to the photo. I wanted to do more of a portrait, but the really wasn't enought room, and there is that dark banding across the top.

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Jul 22, 2012 17:49 as a reply to  @ KirkS518's post |  #8

Shutterwolf will understand this edit. :D


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Jul 22, 2012 17:56 |  #9

I tried cropping her to the right and also centered, but neither looked right. There may not be a way to save this one composition-wise? Lighting on her looks great and she's in focus/very sharp, but the different shades of lighting everywhere else is kind of distracting (on the grass in front of her, grass behind her). This one might just be an "almost, but not quite".


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Jul 23, 2012 03:25 |  #10
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Thanks everyone for the help. Unfortunately, the only place I have to take pictures is the front lawn, and the light part is dry grass, the dark part is shade... Which is unavoidable usually. Only option is to maybe "paint" it in Photoshop to help it match better. Rather disappointing because I like the pose she is in, and the angle I got the photo. But yeah, the background does tend to ruin it :( Maybe someone has some mad skills with Photoshop and can help me put in a different background, or fix the one I got?

If anyone is willing to give that a shot, pm me with your email so I can send the RAW file. Also, thank you in advance!

On a side note, thank you navydoc for that edit. I could send the full pic to do it properly though if you don't mind :P Cant really use that version as a desktop bg as its way too small :P


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Jul 23, 2012 03:30 |  #11

Has nothing to do with C&C or anything like that, but I own a pit bull as well, they are the best dogs!

I do like your crop, in the original post.


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Jul 25, 2012 03:42 |  #12
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JuliaPauline08 wrote in post #14755458 (external link)
Has nothing to do with C&C or anything like that, but I own a pit bull as well, they are the best dogs!

I do like your crop, in the original post.

Thanks. Also, I wanna see a pic of yours! And yeah, they are the greatest. I never wanted a pit or pit mix, but she picked me... Now I say I cant wait to have another some day :P Next dog will be a golden retriever though!


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Jul 25, 2012 03:57 |  #13

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Thanks. Also, I wanna see a pic of yours! And yeah, they are the greatest. I never wanted a pit or pit mix, but she picked me... Now I say I cant wait to have another some day :P Next dog will be a golden retriever though!

I had a golden growing up, they are great dogs! I've posted my pit all over the site but I will post him again :) I never get tired of showing my handsome boy off. This is SOOC and needs a little work but I love his face in it.

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Jul 25, 2012 22:28 |  #14

I'm fond of Kirks crop!

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Jul 26, 2012 00:23 |  #15

navydoc wrote in post #14753566 (external link)
Shutterwolf will understand this edit. :D

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