Cropping Outside the Lines

Not all images belong in an 8x10 or 4x6 format. Be sure to look at your image in more than one size, and see what's best for it. One of the ways that you make a statement as an artist is by how you choose to crop your photos. The default standard print sizes from film days are 4x6, 5x7, 8x10, and so on. Well, sometimes those default sizes don't tell the story the way you want it told, so don't be afraid to switch off the constraints of print sized cropping in your photo editing software and print your pictures any size you please. If you are printing your pictures through a service, then what I'd say to do is have the picture printed in a size large enough to show everything you want, then have it custom matted, or custom mat it yourself to enhance your vision. Don't forget to listen to your framer's opinions, they may have some excellent insights. After all, they look at art all day long, and are in the business of enhancing it. Good framing is an art in itself... and it involves math, so they deserve respect! 😉 I once took a picture of a waterfall that I felt was a finished work, and the framer showed me how much more effective it would be as an image narrowed down just a hair, cutting out a slightly distracting branch that I hadn't really noticed. She was so right, and I was very happy with how wonderfully she enhanced my photograph. Sometimes looking at your work through another person's eyes can really help you step back and appreciate what you've done, as well as see where you can improve or alternate presentations. Of course, if your chosen presentation is onscreen, your pictures can be any shape or size you please, the sky's the limit! Start slideshowing those precious moments on your monitor or TV, and put a smile on your face. 🙂 Cheryl