Cropping & Blurring.

Q: 1) CROPPING: WITH EDITORIAL/COMMERCIAL WORK YOU LEAVE A LOOSE CROP AND LET THE END USER CROP TO FIT. BUT, YOU DO CROP SOME THINGS (PORTFOLIO, ETC). HOW DO YOU DECIDE THE ASPECT RATIO? WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON NON-STANDARD CROPS (PROBABLY APPLIES MORE TO ART PRINTS)? 2) FOCUS/BLUR: I FEEL LIKE THERE’S A PUSH FOR “TACK SHARP” IMAGES BUT THAT BLUR CAN CONVEY MOTION. SOME OF THE PHOTOS ON YOUR WEB SITE ARE BLURRED/OUT OF FOCUS BUT I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY. CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE THOUGHTS BEHIND SOME OF THEM?

A: Regarding your first question, I’m keen to stick to known aspect ratios when cropping my own work. For my printed portfolio book, I keep to the 11x14 size that it is or I’ll print within its borders, but nothing non-standard. ...

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