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Cropping can be an important part of the final display of your photographs. Don't get me wrong here, filling the frame in camera is very important to quality and composition, but some images just look better with a creative crop.

I also go over a few methods I use to crop in Adobe Lightroom 4 as well as the crop tool. I also mention some of the keyboard shortcuts which make working with Lightroom so much faster. Enjoy the video!

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0 # Clair 2012-03-09 11:38
Another great video Greg..Super clear & easy to understand.

I too crop occasionally - no strict rules just as & when needed.

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0 # Joe Sestili 2012-03-09 11:48
I try to fill the frame and make the best image possible in camera, but I will crop if it makes for a better image.
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0 # Calibrator 2012-03-09 15:43
I'd go with the thin pano also as it is the cleanest of the three. The sky is good, though not great, but expanding to the bottom is not so hot either.

A slightly different standpoint would indeed have been better - but that's often not possible. Therefore you can't always capture an image from the BEST position but the best AVAILABLE position.

And even though you may be equipped with every focal lenght under the sun your camera has a fixed sensor ratio - a constant if you will - that may be in conflict with the subject at hand.

Cropping therefore is far from inexcusable as some pundits do suggest - in fact it is often unavoidable to create the best image possible.

As the photographer you show exactly what you "see" - and by this I don't mean the full field of view you have at the location but the very thing you pay attention to and think is important.
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0 # Calibrator 2012-03-09 15:45
"focal length", doh!
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0 # Todd 2012-03-09 17:25
Great video Greg. It's called a "riding crop" cropped the riding Quick question, I noticed your virtual copy file has "copy 2" , "copy 3" after the file extension name. Where is that setup at in Lightroom? Keep up the great work!
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0 # Gregory Cazillo 2012-03-09 18:04
I don't think you can, or at least I can't find it! Most likely its an internal name and if you export you can control the output.
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0 # Todd 2012-03-09 18:15
I can't find it either. It's not new to LR4 is it?
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