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Old Jul 4, 2007, 8:00 AM   #1
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Trying to get a little feedbak on a puzzling subjest for me anyway. When you a croppin a picture for internet page use do you still try to crop in say 4x6 or just free hand? I just want to know what is used most.
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Old Jul 4, 2007, 8:31 AM   #2
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It depends. I would say 95% of the time I display in 3:2 format as this is the size I offer my prints in however there are times that I go for a square corp or something else that looks good.
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Old Jul 4, 2007, 9:41 AM   #3
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I'm just a hobbyist but most of the time I crop my images to a standard size under the assumption they will be printed. Sometimes however I will crop to an odd apportion from visual reasons. If it's just a quick job to post on line and I know I'll never print it then I will just eyeball it.
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Old Jul 4, 2007, 9:07 PM   #4
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Trying to get a little feedbak on a puzzling subjest for me anyway. When you a croppin a picture for internet page use do you still try to crop in say 4x6 or just free hand? I just want to know what is used most.
Be careful: cropping is different from size reduction.
Cropping is used when you want to actually alter the content of the photograph, trimming off unwanted parts of the image to make it more pleasing. Reducing in size is merely taking the original (or cropped) image and reducing it in overall pixel size for reproduction on the Internet (i.e., computer screens) to prevent the need for lengthy downloads or scrolling (which is very unpleasant).
When preparing a landscape-format photo for the Internet, I crop--if necessary--and then reduce the resulting image to a width of about 800 pixels, based on the size that will show in a 15-17" monitor. In the case of portrait-orientation shots, I reduce the size to a vertical dimension of about 600-620 pixels, based on the same considerations.

Landscape image, reduced to 820 pixels width:


Portrait image, reduced to 600 pixels height:


Cropped image (nearly square), reduced to 680 x 620 pixels:



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Old Jul 4, 2007, 10:05 PM   #5
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Further to Norm in Fujino, cropping can be freehand but size reduction should be constrained to maintain the proportions otherwise the image will become distorted.
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Cropping for the web is very different than cropping for a print. In both cases the primary point is to improve the composition, but for printing the aspect ratio is defined by the paper size. In general, it is also constrained to be rectangular. Those constraints do not exist in image for the web.

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