One of the most exciting and demanding aspects of photography is seeing the overall scene or subject, and then redefining and extracting images from that scene. Ultimately, I'm trying to search out and determine what part of a scene speaks the loudest to me in terms of overall impact. Due to frustrating results and lackluster images early in my freelance career, I have learned to view my subject first from all perspectives, hoping to extract the most powerful image. However, sometimes no matter what arsenal of equipment you have, you may not be able to crop the subject exactly as you imagine or would like to in camera. This is where cropping using any image editing software comes to the rescue. It amazes me how something as simple as cropping can make the difference between an average and a stunning image. An yet, it surprises me how often photographers don't perform additional cropping because they feel the image has to fit to a standard size. No matter how much post processing is conducted, if an image is cropped poorly, it may never exhibit its true potential. Because our options as it relates to cropping are infinite, this is the part in my standard workflow where I'll usually spend the most time. And lets face it, there may be more than one image waiting to be extracted from the same scene.
For a more in depth discussion about cropping images, check out my latest photo essay entitled, "When in Doubt, Crop it Out" that just came out in Shutterbug Magazine's Special Expert Photo Techniques issue, which will be on news stands until December 11, 2015. As always, I welcome all comments.