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Use your enlarger to make selective crops - darkroom guide - If you own, or have access to a darkroom, you could be using an enlarger to help improve your photographic composition. There is no substitute to a well composed picture in the first place, but often, through no fault of our own, we capture a picture on film that needs further help.
Cropping so that the subject is pointing into the picture will add a sense of direction. The car looks as though it's coming into the shot and also gives it an extra touch of speed.
Use this option to reshape shots of your kids running at the school's sports day - yes we know your kiddy's in the middle of the photo! Put them to the side that they are running away from to give that extra sense of speed. Also use it with aeroplanes, cars, bikes, buses, crowds, animals jumping etc.
With balloons try with the sky above showing where the balloon's going or plenty of ground below showing where it's come from.
|As the sky is so dramatic you could get away with this composition. Alternatively you could make the shape more creative by cropping just the top and bottom and then mounting it in a usual shaped frame.|
This is the closest I could get without falling into the harbour. I didn't want either the water in the background or the mud in the foreground to appear in the photo and a slightly tighter cropped would help. While I was at it I sepia toned the print too.
A common poor crop is when you're shooting pets. Move any closer and I'm sure this kitten would have pounced and either scratched me or licked the lens! Keep at a distance and crop later is the best option.