Daylilies forum: Sharecropping - Charley's Photo tip #1

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Name: Charley
Arroyo Seco New Mexico (Zone 4b)
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Charlemagne
Aug 24, 2019 5:13 PM CST
This is a simple photo tip for some of you.
You may know this already, in that case, just skip this thread.

I want to share a tip about cropping Sticking tongue out but first the most important point. There is no right or wrong way to crop a photo. You choose what you like and anyone who disagrees with your choice can go and hybridize crabgrass.


Cropping is simply eliminating unwanted edges of your photo, as follows;

Original photo
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Let's just say we were behind a fence when we took it.
What is that big ugly blotch in the top left corner of our photo. Let's "crop" it out.

The following instructions are Apple centric. I don't know an Android from a Kadupul flower, however the process is probably easily replicated.

Before working on a photo you should duplicate it and work on the duplicate so as not to destroy your original.

You probably store your photos on a computer. If on an iMac, Apple laptop, iPad, or iPhone you most likely use a program called 'Photos.'

When you display a single photo (your duplicate) it is accompanied by a button 'edit' probably in the top right corner. Click it. Your photo should still be there along with some buttons at the bottom, one of which looks like a box with two curved arrows. Click that and you are ready to crop!

Grab an edge of your photo with your mouse or finger, and drag it back and forth until it looks like you want it to look. Once you let it go you can grab it again or grab a different edge and move it.

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There,, we got rid of the blotch by cropping the top edge of the photo.

The following shots are all the duplicate, cropped closer and closer to the bloom. We are not zooming in.

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I see shots on the forum cropped like this;
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I prefer this crop, less grass more bloom.The bud behind the bloom is not easily removed from the photo and the last and closest crop cuts it off and leaves an incomplete element in the photo.
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If you are shooting with your iPhone or iPad and "zooming" you are actually cropping your photo before you take it.

1. Save your original. Use a duplicate for your work.
2. Your crop is yours, do it the way you like it.
3. You don't have to crop at all, but cropping lets you do this;
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Finally, if your camera is older or less expensive if you crop to far your photo may become pixelated as my last crops did a bit. Zoom in and you will see a sandy looking texture.

You don't want your prize photo looking like this(zoom in.)
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Quiz - what is your most important piece of equipment when taking photos?

Charley
To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time.
Name: Mary
Crown Point, Indiana (Zone 5b)
josieskid
Aug 25, 2019 8:17 AM CST
"Quiz - what is your most important piece of equipment when taking photos?"
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Very nice and enjoyable instructional! Thank you, Charley!
Name: Valerie
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touchofsky
Aug 25, 2019 8:36 AM CST
Besides my camera, my other most important item is my notebook.
Name: Charley
Arroyo Seco New Mexico (Zone 4b)
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Charlemagne
Aug 25, 2019 11:57 AM CST
Quiz - what is your most important piece of equipment when taking photos?

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You have to learn to not just look but to see (which means your mind is engaged as well.) It's like the difference between hearing and listening.

Charley
To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time.
Name: Will Currie
Hoke co NC (Zone 8a)
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UncleWill
Aug 25, 2019 7:58 PM CST
Thanks for the tips Charley. Lord knows I need them. Hilarious!
Name: Pat Strong
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Pat236
Aug 26, 2019 6:21 AM CST
Thanks a bunch for the tips as photography is the reason that my daylily addiction began.
Pat236
Name: Ginny G
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Legalily
Aug 26, 2019 6:27 AM CST
Thanks for the tips Charley. Excellent advice Hurray!
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