Should I Crop In Camera Or In Post Processing?

I received a question from a reader and thought it was an interesting one. So I decided to share the question and my answer in a video here on the blog.

I shoot with Canon 60D. The ratio is 2/3 which makes 8×12 the best size when I have my pictures printed at a lab. How do I get an 8×10 photo without cropping? Some venues want only 8×10 pictures and I lose so much of my photo. Are there camera settings to change the ratio when shooting? Is there software?

Basically, the photographer wants to not crop photographs, but knows that is has to be done for certain clients.

My suggestion is to visualize the scene as a 8×10. Practice that, rinse and repeat. One way to ensure that a photograph has enough room for cropping is to simply take one step back.

That means if you are shooting with a 50mm lens, take one step back to get more space surrounding the subject. If you are using a zoom lens, and already zoomed in, then wider up a bit to get more space surrounding the subject.

To visualize the difference between an 8×12 and an 8×10 photograph, open your photo editor and add the crop marks on various photographs, like I did in the video. Keep doing it over and over until you can visualize it in camera.

Some cameras have the ability to crop when capturing the photograph, however I do not recommend that because those same cameras could permanently crop the photograph. If that happens then you, the photographer, will not have the ability to use the 8×12 version of the photograph later on.

I hope that is help. Thanks for reading and happy shooting,

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Photo Critique – Recover or Go Minimal


Another photo critique task, another success.

In this critique I share some thoughts on processing a photograph in a minimal way if recording details in highlights or shadows is not a possibility.

After sending the video to the photographer I received the following reply.

I loved the way you brought about the water and overall cool temperature compared to the warmth present in my final edit of the photograph. Wonderful work Scott. and I do like to thank u for taking time to critique my photograph. I will certainly keep those things in mind while reworking on the photograph.

I don’t have any inhibitions on making the video public, as I believe it might be useful to the public.

Mission accomplished.

I hope you learn something from this photo critique just as the photographer did.

Thanks for reading and happy shooting,


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Photography & Beer Tasting – Gallery at Carton Brewing

Recognize this photograph?  I made the photo while at my favorite New Jersey brewery, Carton Brewing in Atlantic Highlands.


Today I am happy to share that I will be displaying some of my photographs at Carton Brewing on their beautiful bare brick walls.  The gallery will be hanging from May 1, 2014 until the end of June.

But that is not all of course.  I have partnered with my brother’s company, New Jersey Craft Beer, to celebrate the gallery and introduce photography lovers from around the state (and beyond) to amazing local craft beer.

When I say Carton Brewing makes amazing craft beer, I truly mean it.  Why?  Well, once in a while they brew a beer called Monkey Chasing the Weasel which was called that due to the use of a Mulberry Bush which grows behind the brewery.  Talk about being artistic and using fresh ingredients.

So with all that said, please join the New Jersey Craft Beer hang out night (aka the gallery opening) at Carton Brewing on May 2nd, between 4pm and 8pm.

Carton Brewing is located at 6 E Washington Ave, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716.

Add the event to your calendar

All guests are required to take a tour of the brewery before tasting their awesome craft beer.

So grab your camera, prepare for tasting elegantly crafted beer and try out some beertography.

Please RSVP using the form a the bottom of this announcement.  I look forward to seeing you there!


Be prepared to taste their latest creation, Comma. Here is a teaser.
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