There was a time when the correct Instagram size was square, and that was it. In fact, Instagram is probably responsible all on its own for the resurgence of interest in the square format (which I love, by the way). Now, though, you can also post rectangular images, though if these are too wide, Instagram will still crop off the edges. This means you still need to make sure … [Read more...] about Instagram image size still matters: non-square photos may not fit
There are two main reasons for cropping photos. The first and most straightforward is simply to make them fit a specific size of printing paper, screen size or design layout.
It's all about the aspect ratio, or the ratio of a photo's width to its height. Most DSLRs and mirrorless cameras have an aspect ratio of 3:2 whereas most compact cameras have an aspect ratio of 4:3. Most computer screens are 16:9, like HD video and UHD 4K, though Mac screens are 16:10...
Anyway, when your images are displayed on specific devices or layouts, or printed on common paper sizes, the chances are they will be cropped to fit. This may happen automatically, but you won't get any control over what's cropped off – so many of us would rather do this cropping manually.
The other reason for cropping images is to improve their composition by removing unwanted or distracting objects at the edge of the frame or choosing an aspect ratio that better suits the shape of the subject.
One image, five different crop ratios. How do you know which one you're going to need, not just now, but way in the future? Cropping a photo is usually seen as a creative choice, but in the real world it’s not always quite that simple. Very often, you need to produce an image to fit a specific display size or aspect ratio, and it’s comparatively rare to be able to choose … [Read more...] about Why cropping is the last thing you should do
There's something odd about the way Capture One crops certain RAW files. Now and again, when you select the crop tool, you'll see that Capture One has chosen a default crop that's actually smaller than the full image area. • Capture One Pro 11.1 review This might seem like a minor operational annoyance and that you just need to recrop manually, but there's actually a bit more … [Read more...] about Can Capture One see more than your camera?
I was taking pictures long before digital cameras came along, and I've got a large collection of 35mm transparencies and black and white negatives. I've even managed to scan them all in at those odd times when I've had film scanners in for review for magazines. The trouble is that not only are some of my pictures skewed, the film holders for film scanners can often add a skew … [Read more...] about How to fix up your scans with the Aperture crop and straighten tools