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How Important Is Cropping?

Hilltop monastery, near Haa, Bhutan
Phase One XF 100MP Trichromatic, 240mm Schneider lens, f5.6 @ 1/800 second, ISO 200

One of the limitations of medium format is the lack of a super telephoto lens. In fact, the problem applies to all photographers who don’t own a super telephoto lens. And the solution is the same: crop. We all have more than enough pixels these days to crop our images, sometimes quite severely, and (technically speaking) still come away with a good quality file.

Take a look at the photo above taken near Haa in Bhutan. You’re almost guaranteed one or two days like this on a two week trip, with swirling clouds engulfing towering peaks that in turn dwarf a tiny dwelling or monastery: man’s insignificance in nature.

On this particular day, we were driving up to Chelela from Haa. It seemed every time we turned a corner, there’d be a dzong or a temple partially hidden by clouds. However, the distances were great and I needed to crop, certainly for a small image on social media.

One of the aspects of photography we don’t talk about enough is the size of the photograph when presented for viewing. In the digital world, we have no idea whether our image is going to be looked at on a small, ageing iPhone screen or a brand new EIZO CG318 4K monitor – yet size is important. If you’re looking at these photos on your phone, you might not even notice the temple at first. On the other hand, imagine looking at a one metre tall print on a wall: you’d certainly notice the tiny temple then. So, scale and the physical size of your photograph when viewed is incredibly important.

In this case, for my website and blog, I felt I needed to crop the image quite severely (middle and right) so the small temple is more prominent. On the other hand, the wider crop (left) for a large print would make me very happy!

Come along to Bhutan at the end of this year with David Oliver and me – we have a new itinerary going from west to east Bhutan! For more information, visit the website or click here.

The New Tradition Update

Regular readers will know that I’m in the process of publishing a book for photographers, called The New Tradition. My wife Kathie has tweaked the design, including a change to the cover which features a castle in Cardona, Spain.

One of the points I raise in the book is how do you find great viewpoints from which to shoot subjects like castles, mountains or other points of interest. The answer is to go to the castle, mountain or point of interest first and then look around. What can you see in a straight line that could be a good vantage point?

For instance, from the castle walls in Cardona, I could see a road disappearing over a distant hill. Given it was a road, I figured I could drive there, so early the following morning, I used common sense to get me to that road and parked the car. The view was behind me!

Of course, sometimes the roads are private and sometimes the foreground is horrible. In fact, the foreground in the Cardona shot was a bit busy, but this was solved with a little judicious cloning.

At the end of last year, the printer sent me an email asking what colour we wanted the head and tail bands (the little bit of stitching you may have never noticed that sits inside the spine of a hard cover book). It’s a little detail (we decided on black), but important in giving the book a great finish.

We also received a mock-up of the book sitting inside it’s mailing carton (padded on all four sides for extra safety). Which way did we want the book in the carton – cover up, or back cover up? We went for the cover!

So, at this stage, the book is ready to be printed and bound and it will be shipping its way to us in Australia in mid-February. And then we’re into postage mode and sending out the books to the orders we currently have – thanks for your support!

There’s still a chance to secure a copy of the book with a special pre-publication offer – just $95 including postage and packaging ($145 outside Australia) – but you’ll need to purchase it before the book arrives (because then it won’t be a pre-publication offer)!

And because I’m a firm believer in not just the printed page, but the photographic print as well, I have a special ‘book and print package’ which includes an original, limited edition print, from the book and signed by me! For $295, it's an amazing offer that my accountant says everyone should have!

Click here for further details and the website page: https://www.betterphotography.com/online-shop/new-trad-book

Head On Photo Awards 2019 - Enter Now...!

A $60,000 prize-pool is up for grabs in Australia’s best photo awards, now open for 2019!

All Finalists will be exhibited in a printed exhibition as part of Head On Photo Festival 2019.

Portrait, Landscape, Mobile and Student categories.

Entries close: 3 February 2019

Enter the Head On Photo Awards 


We have been helping photographers to Create, Exhibit and inspire since 2004.

The Head On Photo Awards represent a global selection of the best work from emerging and established photographers across four categories; 

Portrait | Landscape | Mobile | Student

Head On Photo Festival, one of the world’s most prestigious photo festivals is calling for photographers to submit work to the Head On Photo Awards 2019.

The Head On Portrait, Landscape and Mobile prizes are open INTERNATIONALLY to professional, emerging and enthusiast photographers from classical to contemporary styles and the Head On Student Prize is open to Australia’s young photographers (school years K-12).

Our anonymous judging ensures each work is selected solely on its merit rather than the celebrity of the photographer.

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