Cropping an image for your blog can change the emphasis of your photo and change the message you are trying to convey. There is a reason that the old saying ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ has ring of truth to it.
Here are a few tips to help you assess whether or not to crop and if you do decide to crop, how do you know how much and how will effect your image display on your social media sites . . .
Cropping your image is one way to reframe your photo to improve it’s composition. You are out and about and take a photo but when you put it up on your computer screen you see a sign in the background or part of a counter you didn’t want to get in the shot. This is where cropping comes in handy. You will notice that your photo subject will seem to have more emphasis on it.
If you find that once you resize your image and the subject of the photo is not centered, you can use the crop tool to recenter your image.
Cropping can be used to take a large photo image and make multiple smaller ones from it. If you are taking a wide city shot and want to make more intense focus on a particular building or spot, cropping can do this for you.
If you use iPhoto you will see the aspect ratio of your image. Aspect ratio is the ratio of width to height. This is important to know if you are ordering prints so you can match a required aspect ratio or your photo may be cropped.
A good thing to do in iPhoto is if you plan to crop, make a duplicate copy first. That way, once you have saved the cropped version of the photo, you still have the original in case you need it or want to re-crop in a different way. If you do not make a copy and crop an original image in iPhoto and save it, that will be the only version of that image to work with in your iPhoto library.
In order to crop in iPhoto, select your image and click on the pencil icon on bottom right of screen which also should say edit. Next click on the Quick Fixes menu tab at the top right side of photo.
This will give you the Quick Fix Menu – here you will see options to – Rotate, Enhance,Fix Red-Eye, Straighten, Crop and Retouch. Choose the Crop option. Your photo will then have the crop pop up box which will list the aspect ratios of the photo along with ratios you can choose depending on what you are doing with the photo. See below.
When you select the crop tool, a brighter box will appear on your image. Move the mouse to any arrow in the 4 corners of your photo and slowly move the arrows in until you have only what you want to see in the photo. Hit Done and your photo will automatically resize to fit the frame. After you hit Done, the Revert to Original tab near bottom of the screen should be highlighted. This is your opportunity to erase any cropping changes you made in case you are not happy with the results of the resized photo.
Cropping is also quite useful if you are taking a photo of a small object and are not using a macro lens. If you plan to crop later, take the photo at the appropriate distance for an optimal focus and then crop in so that your small object now becomes the main focus of the photo. A good example of this technique would be a butterfly on a plant. You might not be able to get to close but take the shot and crop out the plants to enlarge and put focus on your butterfly.
Here is an example of my photo uncropped. When I took the photo, there was a store sign and part of a counter top in the photo.
Now here is the cropped version of the photo.
Cropping a photo is a way to utilize an image you may have thought couldn’t be used and it will optimize your photo composition to put the emphasis on what you are trying to show the viewer.
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