Editing Poll: To Crop Or Not To Crop

Vinhais, Portugal

Easter Sunday, enroute to mass in Vinhais (click to enlarge)

Photography can tell a story in multiple ways using techniques like cropping or colour or bokeh, but especially cropping when there’s people involved. Because of the influence cropping has on the way a photo is perceived, there are times when I’ve been stuck on a picture, trying to decide whether to crop things out or leave them in. When I haven’t been able to decide, sometimes I’ve uploaded two versions (or more) because it was easier. How I managed to survive five years of wedding photography I do not know, because I was faced with this dilemma constantly!

A few weeks ago, I posted a little poll on my Facebook page about the two versions of this picture, to ask people which one they preferred and they could feel free to say why. My little editing polls are few and far between, but I’m always surprised at everyone’s answers. There’s never a clear winner, and everyone’s preferences vary wildly. Reading the responses indulges my curiosity about what people are thinking when they see pictures, and gives me ideas for cropping in-camera.

I don’t know why I forgot to post the poll here, too, but it’s never too late to do it since there are no deadlines. Whether you’ve participated on the Facebook page or not, I’m curious to hear your views on which crop you prefer and why.

Vinhais, Portugal

April 5, 2015
Album: Easter 2015 Road Trip (PT/ES)