Improve your photos cropping them in the computer

Sometimes we just cannot get the best possible cropping when releasing the shutter button. We might be in a rush during the photo shooting, or maybe we are not 100% concentrated, or it can also be that we are simply not experienced enough. Whatever it is, there's no reason to panic. We can still re-crop our images in the computer.

Let's use as an example these three pictures that Rosella has sent us. Rosella did the Basic Photography Workshop with us in Berlin some weeks ago. Attendants to our photography workshops are welcome to send us photos to get our feedback.

Try square format

Square format can be tricky. You often finish with very static results. But there are occasions where it simply looks beautiful. 

Look at this case. In the original photo, the Acropolis was a bit lost under a big extension of a cloudy sky which wasn't really adding too much interest to the image. By re-cropping the picture and using a square format, the buildings get more importance.

Turn horizontal pictures into vertical

Nowadays our cameras come with huge photo resolutions. You can safely re-crop your pictures quite a lot and still have enough resolution to print them at a pretty big size. So why not change a horizontal pic into a vertical one? It can do a lot in some cases.

Have a look at this example. The original picture was horizontal. Horizontal compositions express calmness and tranquility. That can be cool sometimes, but there are moments where you want to make your images look more interesting. A vertical disposition usually ads more sense of depth to your pics. Isn't it the case here?

Correct perspective

Avoid "almosts" in your pictures. In this example you see that in the original photo horizontal lines were almost straight. You don't want to have almost straight lines in your compositions. Either completely straight or completely diagonal, but not almost. 

In the final picture, perspective has been corrected, so that those almost horizontal lines are now real horizontal lines. It looks now as if you were completely parallel to the subject. The result is more powerful. We have also re-cropped the image to go for a symmetrical composition, having now the mopped in the very middle of the composition. The result looks well balanced because the visual weight of the tree on the left is compensated by the window on the right.


We hope you agree now. You don't need to get stuck to the cropping you used at the moment of the photo shooting. Experiment in the computer with other croppings. They can improve your images a lot. 

Tomás Correa