by Matt Hoffman March. 29, 2008 1472 views

My favorite type of shots are the ones where no editing, not even cropping, is required. There's something very satisfying about having framed, zoomed, and focussed a picture in the exact way you wanted. My second favorite is when you have a great picture, but cropping allows you to remove distractions, redefine the focus, or give the picture a sense of direction. Here are some more extreme examples of that.

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Andrea 13 years, 1 month ago

People who worry about "cheating" are giving yourselves a hard time about nothing. Its the results that count when all is said and done. It is nice, however, to look at an image and at least "think" it hasn't been cropped, which will never be the case if you have your pictures sized irregularly. (Although of course in publishing, there are many uses for a cropped image so its hardly a crime).

But back to that old false argument about image manipulation. We could go back to the 19th century but lets stick with the 20th century and mention a famous Australian photographer, famous all over the world in art and photography circles that is. Frank Hurley. He manipulated his images so much that at the time, they were controversial. But you can't argue with the fact that they are stunning images and they tell a truth that is hard to capture, if not impossible. And he has an important and respected place in the history of photography.

Another of my favourite photographers, W. Eugene Smith took poor exposures. He was a whiz in the dark room at recoving negs that an amateur would chuck out and some of his pictures are the most moving pictures ever made.

Of course if you can get your technique sorted that's great but the best pictures are more about the resulting image than great shooting technique.

You use technique in camera and in the darkroom or on the computer to express your idea. That's the end of the story.

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Carol 13 years, 1 month ago

Yeah, I agree. But these crop jobs are really nice. The different shape of the pic is also refreshing, like our brains like a lot of variety. My favorite is #1 cuz it is so hard to capture birds in flight--nice job. I love the capture of Nae too. She looks content and happy. And the interesting composition of the last one is cool.

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Paul Mcclure 13 years, 1 month ago

Good job ther Matt : )

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Eric J H Joyce 13 years, 1 month ago

Love the first shot.

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