7 Tips To Help You Crop Your Photographs Better

A crop can make a good photograph great. There’s an art to cropping that every photographer would be wise to master. Here are seven things to consider.


Horizon tipping? Level it, which will crop edges a little or a lot, depending on how tilted it was. Similarly, it’s best to keep other significant horizontals and verticals parallel to the frame. Perspective correction will distort elements within the frame unequally to do just this and crop edges unequally. (In these situations, plan to crop and shoot a little more than you need.) If, on the other hand, you’re trying to create an imbalanced topsy-turvy effect to add dynamism, tilt them substantially. A lot looks deliberate. A little looks sloppy.


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  • Monica

    30.01.2023 at 06:06 Reply

    Great help!!

    I didn’t understand this sentence

    Try not to reduce how much extraneous detail does this; it will distract the eye and weaken an image’s impact.

  • Priscilla

    02.02.2023 at 15:52 Reply

    Thank you as usual!

    Can you say something about the 2nd example (icebergs)? That the crop is less distracting – was that the intent being provided here, or something else?

    Thank you.

  • Wick Beavers

    02.02.2023 at 16:18 Reply

    Hi JP,
    Hope you’re well.

    I always enjoy getting your “Insights” newsletters- they’re very informative and delivered generously in your kind hearted manner, thanks.

    When I saw this blurb in cropping, I was immediately reminded of one of the most powerful actions I got from you through your “Fine Art Print” Rockland Maine workshop- the CROP BARS PHOTOSHOP ACTION.

    I use it all the time – on a large high res monitor, it adds power to any photo and can make a mediocre picture great.

    Everybody ought to use it every day!

    Cheers ,


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