I’ve taken photos for a very long time and back in the film day tried to crop in the camera. Mainly to minimize the grain issues. Now I believe incorrectly that I have carried that habit into my digital world.
Enter today’s world…Whether I crop in the camera or crop before PP the result is the same where that first choice is what I go with. I like PP of the cropped image as it limits the memory, helps the speed etc (another old habit that a few bucks eliminates).
So first thing this morning I am reading a critique about a blue Jay post I made and wondered if it would have looked better if not cropped so tight. I deliberated on doing a re-post with a new crop but then it dawned on me that all of the PP I did would have to be redone! Thus creating additional work and probably processing slightly differently and unintentionally creating a different look to the image beyond just the crop difference.
My thought now is that I should not crop at all before PP. After all, memory and hard drive space is relatively inexpensive compared to all of the images that I may have cropped to tight and for whatever reason now decide or someone else decides they want a different look!
the cropped version vs the full image is below for reference. both re-sampled to 1500 pixel max side.
So the discussion will hopefully be that for others to enlighten myself and other members on their preference and the logic behind it, please.
Do you PP a non cropped image?
Do you PP a partially cropped image?
Or do you PP the final cropped image?