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Old Oct 17, 2005, 3:11 PM   #6
Join Date: May 2005
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I'm not an expert photographer, but I am a professional illustrator/designer. In my opinion, the "correct" crop is highly subjective, and will depend on a lot of factors. That being said, if I'm doing a layout, I would rather have a little extra margin to work with. In my limited experience photographing sports action, I realize that it takes some skill to compose moving objects, so I tend to back off a little to give myself some room for error. Too often I've accidently cropped off the subject's head or feet when trying to zoom in too close. Of course, you get better detail if you zoom in with the camera, so I guess it's a trade off, unless you have lots of megapixels to work with.
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