312. Get Your Orientation Sorted Out Before You Pay The Price
If ever there was a case for getting things right first time "in camera" this is it. One of the great things about digital photography is that there is great flexibility, if it doesn't look just so, then there's always the opportunity to rotate it a bit, crop it a bit and perform a myriad of other adjustments to get the shot you want.
But this flexibility comes at a price. Whenever we crop or adjust the rotation we lose some pixels; consequently the overall picture quality may suffer.
Picture 1 is a rather boring shot of some flowers in my garden. Supposing I decided that I didn't like the orientation and just wanted to nudge it round by 2° as in Picture 2. That might not sound much but the trade off is that that little nudge would cost me 8% of my pixels. Supposing I decided that I wasn't close enough, and that I wanted to lose 10% from around the border, as in picture 3. How many pixels would I lose, 10%? No, I'd lose a whopping 36%. That is surely going to have a detrimental effect on my overall picture quality. Now, that may not matter if it's just going on photoblog as everything is scaled down anyway, but if you want a high quality print, that could be the difference between having one that's fantastic and one thats just ok. So it really would pay to put that little bit of extra effort in up front.