Post Capture Cropping
the question of whether it's OK to crop it image after it's been taken is one of those thorny issues that never fails the warmer debate. And there are people on both sides of the fence, famously on re Cartier breast on wasn't a fan, he's quoted as saying. To crop, a good photograph kills its composition while cropping. A poor photograph rarely saves it now, putting aside the fact that one of Cartier Bresson's most famous images was cropped on the whole, I agree with him. I always aim to get the best composition in camera. At the same time, though, I don't think self expression, which, after all is the main purpose of photography should be constrained by the camera. For example, I regularly taken image shot in a standard format ratio of free to two and crop it into a square or panoramic. Because the composition calls for it, the camera should serve us, and now art, not the other way around. And just because an engineer in Japan or Germany decided to standardize on a particular size and ...
shape doesn't mean we should be constrained by it. In fact, some cameras today give the option of changing image format in the menu settings on. There are also legitimate reasons for framing a good composition within the confines of your viewfinder and then, because of practical limitations, cropping extraneous space afterwards. This is something ideal with all the time in wildlife photography, where getting too close to an animal might disturb it. Basically, my view is this. So long as you're not compromising the integrity of the original composition, where's the harm? The principal consideration again is intent. Quality considerations aside, out of camera cropping is perfectly legitimate if the intent was there and accounted for when you composed the image in the first place.