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The Enthusiast's Guide to Composition by Khara Plicanic

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18. CONSIDER YOUR CROP

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FAILING TO CONSIDER your crop can be a major bummer if it later turns out that an image you reeeeeally love won’t work in a format that you need it to. This is a problem that’s easy to avoid with a smidge of mindfulness and a simple adjustment to your composition—but if you don’t catch the problem in the moment, it can be difficult (or impossible) to go back for a redo.

Figure 18.1 represents a common scenario. The image was captured vertically and looks great. But let’s say the subjects (my parents) want a horizontal crop of it later. (I swear this only ever happens on the rare occasion when I fail to shoot the image both ...

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