Creative cropping – Fine Art Equine Photography
Wildlife photography can be rather unpredictable. With landscape, you can set up the tripod, compose a shot and wait for the light conditions to change. With animals, anything could happen. It’s very rare that I have an image from a wildlife shoot where I don’t have to crop. Now with mega pixel sensors we can crop into a shot and still have enough pixels to make a decent sized print.
Although I’d advocate minimal cropping, it is often necessary, in order to produce an image with impact. Before discarding an image, take a good look at it and see if there’s an image within the image. But don’t over-crop otherwise there won’t be enough pixels to work with!
I’m not a big lover of random cropping. Your portfolio will end up containing images of different sizes that won’t be coherent in a collection or for printing. So use filmic proportions whenever possible: 3 x 2, 5 x 4, 4 x 5, 4 x 3, 5 x 7, 16 x 9, 1 x 1. Portrait or landscape should both be considered.
Here is an example of an image that I took in the Camargue. It has motion blur as it was shot at 30/sec. I prefer to have the head of the main subject as in focus as possible but in this case, it wasn’t really sharp enough. I do, however, love the movement of the water and the reflection. I chose the 5 X 4 format and cropped the image enough to include the lower part of the horses and the reflections. This creates a strong composition without distractions.
White Horses Spring Photography Workshop May 18-21 2018