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Passenger Seat: Creating a Photographic Project from Conception through Execution in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom by Julieanne Kost

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Chapter 17. Cropping

A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.

ANSEL ADAMS

In the Passenger Seat project, cropping images was the exception rather than the rule. When I was capturing the photographs, my goal was to fill the frame as fully as possible to yield the greatest amount of information. I knew that I wanted to print these images as large as possible, yet images lose definition and sharpness as they are enlarged, so filling the frame was essential.

When to Crop

Sometimes, however, the entire frame isn’t necessary for telling the story or creating the desired effect. Cropping can eliminate unnecessary or irrelevant information, thereby improving the final image. ...

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