A Squirrel and More on Post-Processing (Cropping)
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On a cold day a squirrel decided that the best way to hide was to remain motionless.
After importing your photo into your photo editor the first step is cropping the photograph. The first consideration is what use you will make of the photograph. I crop to 8 1/2 by 11, a common size for frames but you have a lot of choices in formats. Secondly, in most photographs the horizon is noticeable and should be straight. Many programs today have tools to help with this, if not crop the size of the photograph until you can rotate it so that the horizon is straight, after which you will probably be able to enlarge the size of the photo in the frame. Cropping is the first step in creative post processing. it is here that you can decide to use the “rule of thirds”, work with negative space and provide space for the subject to breath etc. While there are so-called rules for cropping, the judgment is up to you. Very often cropping also permits us to get closer to our subject than our lenses permit, and it allows us to rid our canvass of peripheral confusion. Cropping is a creative exercise so experimentation is worthwhile. Technically there is a limit to cropping smaller depending on the pixels in the image. If you go too far the image breaks down and few photographs look sharp magnified at 200%.