Cropping your art

Posted: April 24, 2012 in photography
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Close cropping is nothing new to photographers but I think as artists we sometimes forget that in every composition it is possible to find small, interesting bits that can stand on their own. Particularly when it comes to what the human mind finds intriguing, such as faces of humans and animals, body parts of same, etc. Also in our images it is possible to find small arrangements of odd numbered items or marks that make a substantial impact on their own if cropped. I find that cropping “busy” subjects, such as the graffiti I’ve featured on this blog frequently, lets the mind appreciate what is there in smaller mind-sized “bites”. While a wide angle shot (or full shot) documents a piece, a close crop provides more of a study.

  1. Elizabeth says:

    You have a good talent in appealing close-cropping. I am just starting to close crop, though I have a long way to go in terms of just taking a good full shot to document, and even further when it comes to the best angle or area to zoom in on. I tend to be one incredibly indecisive creature!

    • crickyn says:

      thank you for both the compliment and the thoughtful comment. i will try and give some further specifics as to my technique that may be food for thought. take care and happy shooting. tl

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