Make the Cut With Cropping

Cropping your photos isn’t always super intuitive. With new crops available on Instagram, it’s time we looked into when and how to crop perfectly

This article by Vladimir Gendelman goes through 15 easy-to-remember cropping tips. He includes great beginner advice on the rule of thirds as well as stuff you might not have thought about.

  • Don’t crop people at the joints – This makes the viewer uncomfortable, so unless you’re going for that feel, avoid it.
  • Allow breathing room – If your subject is staring off in the distance, give them some space to stare into. Otherwise you’ll leave your viewers feeling a bit claustrophobic.
  • Keep the hair – Don’t crop too close to the hairline, you want to leave enough hair in the photo so the viewer can easily visualize the rest.

Photo by David D