Cropping your digital photos not
only reduces the file size it also enhances a composition. When you view
your digital photograph that's displayed on a web site, such as ePHOTOzine,
it's easy to use the browser and your desktop as a useful cropping tool.
First click on a picture to view it at its maximum size.
If the web site your viewing on has optimised your photos they will be displayed
at around 500-600pixel wide so they can be viewed in full comfortably on most
people's monitors at a resolution of 800x600.
Larger photos often scale down when opened by the browser.
Now drag the bottom right corner
of the browser window so that it cuts into the bottom right corner of the
displayed photo. You will notice that the scroll bars now appear down the
right and across the bottom of the window.
You can now scroll the photo so
the top and left disappears out of the window. Carefully adjust each until
the window acts like a cropping tool and so that you have exactly what you
want showing at the top and left of the photo.
Now click on the bottom right again and drag
this to crop the bottom and right sides of the photo.
You can now move all four edges using the above methods until you have exactly
the crop required.
This short but effective technique is ideal for those of you who may have
had your photos critiqued by the web site's photographic experts and want
to see what the suggested crop would look like before opening it in your
image editing program.
You can also use it to check to see if the horizon
is level. It's surprising how many pictures are submitted to ePHOTOzine
where the photographer has concentrated so much on the foreground subject
that he's not noticed the wonky horizon!
In this example you can see the photo looks okay,
but on close inspection, using our cropping technique, it actually drops
down to the right and needs a small amount of anti-clockwise rotation.