Essential cropping

We’ve all taken a shot where it wasn’t possible to get it completely perfect in-camera or events ruined our image. Here we look at how a careful crop might rescue an image.

When is a crop essential and how to get it right?

There is no ‘right’ shape or format for an image. We can be constrained by the format of the camera, a frame of film or the size of the sensor but these constraints are arbitrary when it comes to the image itself. 

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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.