Cropping Photographs

Cropping a photograph involves selecting a smaller area within the larger photograph to feature. Imagine you had an actual photo in your hand. Cropping would involve taking scissors and cutting away excess, unwanted outside area so what you were left with in your hands was just the central image you wanted to focus on.

So here is an example. Imagine you began with this starting image of a flower. The flower is nice, and the background is nice, but there's a distracting line in the background. The line catches the eye and distracts you from the central image.

Cropping Photographs

So what you do is crop the image. You remove the excess outer area so that it is no longer a part of the image. Now your image focuses on the flower, without any distractions.

Cropping Photographs

Sometimes an image will have lens flare, background distractions, or other items that draw the eye. By cropping them out, you improve the focus of the image you present to your viewer.

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