A good tip I’ve received from many photographers is that it’s always better to have too much of a scene than not enough. You never want to be looking at the results of a photo session and think, “I wish I would have taken a step back.” By cropping your photos in post-production, you don’t have to worry about having every photo perfectly framed within your viewfinder the first time around.
Be a Cropping Chameleon
Utilizing cropping can allow you to dramatically transform a composition with the click of a button. Whether it’s a photo you’re trying to “save” or you just want to get two great photos out of one shot, cropping provides you with options to expand your current portfolio.
Bigger Isn’t Always Better
The art of cropping comes with the realization that less is more. When walking down the street with camera in hand, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by sensory overload. By simplifying your point of view, you can really focus on the minimalistic details of a scene that make it unique. Cropping also allows you the ability to recycle old images you thought you wouldn’t be able to make use of.
Your All-in-One Toolbox
With Samsung’s new NX300 SMART camera you can do most of your post-production straight from your viewfinder. So instead of waiting until you can get home on your computer to start snipping away, you can edit and finalize your photos straight on your camera screen.
I don’t know about you, but after a long day of shooting I feel like a little kid during Christmastime, riffling through my photos like I’d tear away wrapping paper. So you can imagine my glee when I was able to take a leisurely commuter seat on the San Francisco BART and start editing my photos on the spot. Also, for those editing commitment phobes out there—fear not, the NX300 saves each cropped image as a new image so you don’t have to worry about replacing your original shot. Pretty sweet if I may say so myself.
Things to Consider When Cropping
The main thing to consider with cropping is the frame. What are the essential elements in the photo that you wish to feature? Another thing to consider is how the lines are interacting with the foreground and background of your photo. These are the main factors that contribute your final frame. Rather than forcing your own border, look for natural lines in a scene to guide you into an organic frame.
With Samsung’s easy to use cropping function you can experiment as much as you wish, so deconstruct, amplify, create, and discover all the ways in which you can recreate your photos into something unexpected!