To crop or not to crop?

What makes images powerful? Here we look at composition vs cropping.

As camera sensors get bigger and bigger with more and more megapixels, many photographers abandon the key aspects of photography – exposure and composition – in favour of doing it all on the computer later.

I had hair before images went truly digital. I’ve torn it all out now! I simply don’t understand this lazy approach to photography. For me, and after 30 plus years of making pictures, I still get a thrill when I capture a strong composition full-frame in camera, and the less I crop the higher the image quality. It also avoids the hours on a computer correcting and tweaking things I could have got right in a fraction of a second when I took the shot.

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By Chris Coe

Chris is a professional photographer, and the founder of Travel Photographer of the Year. He has been working as a professional photographer since 1992, shooting both editorial and advertising photography, and has published over 50 books. He lectures on and teaches photography, mentors and is a competition judge.