Jonathan has been graciously letting me borrow his fancy shmancy DSLR camera. I have always loved photography, but I didn’t (and still don’t) have the slightest clue as to how to take a picture.
He has patiently described things like aperture, ISO, and shutter speed to me, while my brain melted into my skull.
Pretending that I could learn everything there is to know about photography in one day or even one year is silly billy. Instead, I am trying to take things one step at a time. For my first lesson, I chose cropping.
Sounds easy, right? Toooootally.
Until I read this post from Jodi Friedman. Scary, right? Yes.
It’s ok, we hold hands and carry on together.
For this project I used a picture from Josie’s recent trip to the beach. (Please ignore all of the other problems with this picture while we talk about cropping. Because otherwise my feelings might get hurt and I might cry. Mmk?) This is the original snap:
Apparently this shows a classic rookie mistake of centering your subject. The “Rule of Thirds” breaks your picture down into a 3×3 grid. Our brains love to see subjects on the intersecting lines of those grids. Go figure.
These lines aren’t exact, but it gives you a better idea of the grid system I’m talking about:
Josie should be on one of those intersections to make the picture more aesthetically pleasing and to make the photography gods happy.
So let’s put her on the top left intersection:
Uhm…weird. That’s weird to you too, right? I think the main reason this is freaky to me is that I have no idea what’s going on with the water. And what is Josie looking at over there?
Let’s try putting her in the bottom right corner in order to get more water:
Ahhh…that feels better.
The one thing I really love about this picture is Josie’s reflection. By cropping in closer, I might be able to get a better look.
Yes. I think that the reflection is cool, but cropping the pic this much takes away from the overall story.
Maybe if we do a vertical crop instead of horizontal?
Well, this brings back the problem of what’s going on with the water.
I think we’ll stick to the bottom right corner crop.
Do you go through a process when cropping your pictures?
Any tips for amateur croppers?