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    Why Crop?

    Inspired by the, "Do you use 100% of a LF negative."
    https://www.largeformatphotography.i...-a-LF-negative

    Reason(s) for cropping any image during the print making process?


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    Re: Why Crop?

    Why not?

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    Re: Why Crop?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pieter View Post
    Why not?
    Why not not?

    To crop or not to crop is a personal aesthetic decision, depending on the photographer's needs and desires. There is no right or wrong here -- just, does the image work. Why do you crop?
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    Re: Why Crop?

    There are only two reasons to crop:

    1. You composition does not fit the aspect ratio of the camera, or
    2. You could not or did not frame your composition properly at the time you made the image.

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    Re: Why Crop?

    So after the shutter click, everything is set in stone? I feel I can revisit the work whenever and however I wish.

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    Re: Why Crop?

    So after the shutter click, everything is set in stone?
    Yes, if that is the way an artist wishes to work. In my case, yes, and also no burning/dodging/masking -- in 99% of my work.

    Other reasons for cropping would be (and not limited to) to be in the habit of including a little more than the desired composition to allow for; 1) the negative carrier cropping the edges of the image area, and 2) precise decisions of what is on the edges of the image area.
    "Landscapes exist in the material world yet soar in the realms of the spirit..." Tsung Ping, 5th Century China

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    Re: Why Crop?

    My longest lens for my Tachi 4x5 is 240mm, so when my composition requires a longer lens, cropping is part of my visualization. The poor man's telephoto!

    More often, I'm cropping to rid my frame edges of pesky branch boughs that I couldn't tie-back with my handy ball of twine.

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    Re: Why Crop?

    Quote Originally Posted by faberryman View Post
    There are only two reasons to crop:

    1. You composition does not fit the aspect ratio of the camera, or
    2. You could not or did not frame your composition properly at the time you made the image.
    3. You float mount your prints and need a clean cut in the image area, so at least a very slight crop.
    4. You use a viewfinder based camera like a crown graphic or travelwide and shoot a bit loose in exchange for speed.

    I take issue with the word "properly" as it implies there is a correct way of doing something.

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    Re: Why Crop?

    If it improves photo.

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    Re: Why Crop?

    No deity declared film format ratios. Get over it.

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