I had some discussions with some friends about cropping. Most of them consider cropping as a tool like any other tool in, for example, Photoshop. My personal philisophy is that you can do almost anything to an image when it comes to colours, contrast, removing dust, unwanted models/turtles etc., because it was your personal experience which you can express in photos in the way you want to.
But cropping is something different to me. When you do cropping you can make any composition you like. Personally i think that, as an underwaterphotographer, you should be able to make a proper composition during diving and not only during post-processing.
Off course i realise that in some 'emergency cases' (when you failed to shoot a proper composition of a very important critter for example), you have to crop out your subject otherwise nobody will be able to see what you shot. But should you mention it?
Also when you do a digital photopresentation or only publish on the web: in most cases you only need maximum 1078*768 pixels, which is only a fraction of the average amount of pixels of today's cameras. This enables anyone to make a stunning (especially supermacro) photopresentation, but is it cheating?... or do you think it isn't? The same count's for publishing: with a 5 MP camera it's possible to make a reasonable cover shot for a magazine, but does it mean that you can make a cover of one half of a photo when it was shot with 10MP camera?
I'm very much interested to hear your oppinion on this subject. Especially what do the pros think about it?
Edited by Udo van Dongen, 19 November 2006 - 03:13 AM.