The Power of Cropping
All right let's get to simple stuff cropping I've talked about cropping I want a hammer it a little bit more I talked about the overlay right are key for the crop tool and then we have the okie goes to a different overlays that's important to know because cropping is composition I mean this is crafting images that that's a key thing and the next we gotta fear of how to fix issues with cropping so this image I'll tap the archy and hold down command on the mat control on windows and command is big stuff and I just want to straighten it out right and what that does for me straighten it out a little bit too much is it is it kind of orients the viewer a little bit more and this is a promo shot for this guy is a pro surfer and a surfboard and it just kind of gets us right there so our head isn't quite so tilted and you don't have that kink in your neck of your likes that too long like this and that's what I think composition is it's like you don't notice it unless it's wrong and good competi...
tion you can't even quite articulate why's that I don't I know but that like does something you know to me so and then other times that's getting rid of unwanted stuff I've talked a lot about edges kids on the beach with their friends on a camping trip, my daughter and two of her friends and another dad was in the background, and I was so into this moment, to me, it was so poetic because the moment after this, when I took the picture when they realized it was all, like, you know, faces and tongues out and, you know, the poetry was lost, so take the shot I need to fix it in post easy, simple fix, which we all do, but I want you to really start considering your edges, and what I'm trying to do is the edges tell so much of the story and, like the image spills off those edges. If that guy's still there, the image will ever work, it won't ever get anywhere. And so the simple, the poetic, you know, every little piece of that that thing matters. All right, one last one, let's go to russell brown. You guys know russell? Probably he is crazy. Russell, just a couple weeks ago has said called me up and said, chris, I'm in santa barbara, and I want to go to lunch. I was like, of course I do. And then and then I was like, I got to take a portrait of you, this wasn't a portrait. This is a couple of years ago, so I got to take a portrait views like, perfect I've a penguin costume in my car, and so we went to the beach and I took a picture of him in a penguin costume. You know, I was like, you know, I think he is one of the most creative people ever. He's a senior creative director to dover, you just great, great guy. So here we have russell in las vegas at the neon graveyard again, I want to straighten this out are key crop tool. We've seen how we have our angle slider. We can do that, or we can do what I did before, which is holding the command can weaken drag horizontally or vertically. So if we have something that we think should be straight drag along that press, enter returned to apply it. In this case, I need to kind of going a little bit tighter from all sides because really, the fun moment of this is sort of where is he what's happening and trying tio and I'll get in there a little bit more to clarify the voice of the image it's, simple stuff, but you can't underestimate simple stuff, it can really change you as a photographer.