When I screw up, I crop.
You'll probably notice that in a lot of my critiques I suggest a crop to make the image better but that's only my opinion and worth the paper it's written on, sometimes.
Sometimes it's because there was something in the frame that I didn't notice at the time I took the shot. A lot of the time it's because I was not concentrating on the basics like, is the horizon level?
It is ALWAYS best to get it right in camera, that's a given.
But, there are times when a simple crop can save an otherwise so-so image and yo can get an image you're much happier with.
A lot of the time you become so "married" to your photo you don't see the obvious and that is why asking for a critique is a valuable learning experience for both the critic and the photographer.
SO, crop away, it's a technique I use to make me feel like I hadn't wasted and entire weekend shooting if I can get a couple images right the first time, great. If I can salvage a shot or two otherwise... I'm happy.
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This was very helpful. I often feel bad when I crop to try and save a bad shot.21 May 2014
Fully agree with you Keith. Last Saturday, I took a photo of my Granddaughter's 5th birthday, but, ouch, I included the backside of a "not so beautiful backside" of somebody. Cropping will help, but I need some more to make it invisible. I'll post the photo later. M5 March 2014
I do it too, but very very little. And It's something I want to get rid of actually. So I hope with a prime lens I have to really focus on the moment and get it right without getting lazy by zooming and cropping afterwards. But there's nothing wrong with a little crop for me. :-) And I agree with Lorena.3 March 2014
Most of the times, when you just started your photography journey you don´t want to crop too much, probably that´s one of the things we always say - I´d crop this, and I´d crop that - when your eye is better trained you are better at understanding what should stay and what should not stay :) So yes, it´s an awesome idea to crop(as a matter of fact, the image "from a different world" you commented on today on flickr was cropped because I did not like a bit the rest of it haha) - but sometimes, because it´s impossible to "uncrop" afterwards, we tend to leave more stuff in the image.2 March 2014
So what I´m trying to say, and I´m sure you agree, is for everyone to PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE! :) As much as they can!