A lot has changed in the digital world of photography. You can achieve just anything of your dreams in a photography shoot with the devices that are available today in photography. What you will get as a photo editor depends on how you are able to correct the issues that come with the photo shoot.
Talking about encounters in photography, one of the challenges that you are going to meet is the term called ‘CROP’. A good photographer should know how to use cropping to correct the defects in a photo. Cropping can be defined as removing areas/objects from a photograph that are unwanted. It can be done in several ways depending on what is your choice.
- The physical photograph
- An artwork
- The film footage
You can also achieve it digitally through the use of image editing software.
We shall be looking at ways through which you can easily overcome this challenge in a way that the issue will not interfere with the outcome of your photo. If you take by what you are about reading below, you will totally eradicate cropping in your photo shoots
Eliminate Everything That Is Irrelevant
Going by the words of the experts in the industry; Tyson Wheatley has this to say on cropping: Eliminate anything that doesn’t help tell the story. He is a New York City-based photographer; having 623,000 followers on Instagram (@twheat). For an effective graphic effect, crop the photo to bring your subject into the center of the shoot. If a lot is happening in the image, you can try the suggestion of Pei Ketron, a San Francisco–based travel photographer with 802,000 followers on Instagram (@pketron); it is called the photography rule of thirds: ‘Mentally divide an image into thirds and put your subject at the imaginary line between two of those parts’. If for instance, you photographed the sun setting above the ocean; you will need to crop the photo in a way that the horizon line is along the top edge of the bottom third, you will then leave the sky to fill the top two-thirds.
Straighten It Out
Another area of challenge is on how to straighten things out as a photo editor. In a situation where you have the challenge of capturing the best shots in the fruity cocktail against a stunning vista; you need to get the quintessential vacation shot; there is a way out of it. Do not be bothered about the drink looking tippy; something that looks like it’s on the high seas, you are not totally wrong; you have something in today’s technology to fall on to. Luckily, the majority of the editing apps today come with a straightener grid. This will pop up at the right time to make sure that the elements in the image are in line. Keep your focus on the parts that should look level/vertical. It will not take you more than seconds to achieve that.
Adding a Filter
If you desire a great shoot with minimal efforts? Then simply add a filter to the editing tool on your smartphone or with an app like A Color Story(free; iOS and Android). That is the expert opinion of Wendy Granger, RealSimple.com’s photo editor. She has many interesting facts from her professional point of view that will interest you:
- “It’s easy to use, and the filters enhance your photo and make it a little softer or brighter”.
- “In A Color Story, I use the Everyday filter to lightly boost a photo and the Pop filter when I want extra oomph”.
- “The iPhone’s Dramatic filter is also great for adding depth to a flat shot”.
Those are her exact quotes. If you want to pick a filter, think about the effect you want your photo to have- says Granger. The filter’s name is always a good guide.
Enhance Subtly Very Subtly
If you want to enhance, you will get tons of tools and effects that are available at your disposal. But you have to be very moderate in doing this. You only need a couple of it for everyday images. If you use an appliance like a color story, all you need is to pump up the contrast in order to lighten the lights as well as darken the darks, then you can proceed to sharpen the photo with a touch. To add drama, you can tune around with brightness, color, and highlights. Never go near saturation or HDR adjustments, it will rubbish your photo editor efforts. Your efforts will look unnatural. Try making a comparison of your edited photo with the original image while you’re making changes, it will be a useful guide to you to rate your efforts and react to changes that you needed to bring in.
Perfect the Imperfections
Changes will have to come in before the final outcome is brought out of the dark room. There may be a need for more heavy lifting when you want to remove something marring your shot in the form of a shadow. There are useful apps that can help you in this direction. Any decent one among them will do. The best among them are powerful tools that will magically cut off an object you don’t want, in most cases, the background will still be kept intact. The best of the app will also include a blemish remover for those extreme close-ups. You can easily salvage any issues as a photo editor in the outcome of your final shoot with the assistance of the best of this software.
You can achieve your creative best in the world of photography. The tools are there to enable you to get the best effects that you will need to have the job done. You can evaluate with the original photo during the course of the editing with the aim of getting it right. However, everything should be done with moderation; an attempt to overdo things will ruin the outcome of your final image. Do not fall a victim of this if you desire the best that you are entitled to as a photo editor.