Holy Crop! No more forced square crops – ever!
One of my biggest beefs about Instagram was the draconian forcing of my carefully composed and meticulously cropped image into a stupid – squared and centered form before I could share it on my Instagram channel. Well, Instagram has finally seen the light and will now allow portrait and landscape orientations in their postings to the popular image sharing network.
Here’s the press release from Instagram: No Square Crops
Although the filter previews at the bottom remain square, the preview area shows the Landscape image (and portrait as well) are in play! Compose well, compose correctly, share as your vision saw fit. Finally.
Rikk Flohr © 2015
Are five exclamation points enough for one title?
In my last article, I discussed the concept of cropping for aesthetics and what was the most radical aesthetically-motivated crop in my library. As it turned out most of them were Landscape crops. After writing the article and reconsidering my last line, sprinkled with Mark S.’s comments I decided to reevaluate crops from a vertical perspective to discover the most extreme portrait crop in my collection.
So just how vertical do I go with a crop when I am cropping for content and not to fit the space?
I looked around my walls and, in terms of custom-framed works already completed, 2:3 was the most radical ratio. In terms of framed art, I don’t seem to go all vertical pano on the crops. In fact – native aspect ratio seems to dominate. The 11×14 and 16x20s are common but they are cropping in – not cropping for.
I then decided to review my best images, my 4 and 5 star stuff from my library, to see what secrets they would reveal. What is the most radical vertical crop I have elevated to ‘my best stuff’?
This image (oddly taken with a 4:3 format camera) is the extreme vertical in my library. It is a 1:2 vertical that qualifies as a panoramic ratio (barely). It is a very vertical subject and much of the crop was driving by the lack of good space in front of or behind the subject. There was a lot of clutter and it had to be sacrificed. Another interesting tidbit: this was a JPEG capture due to having set my camera inadvertently to full auto.
Unlike in the horizontal or landscape crop, where I will go often to 2.5:1, 3:1 or even approaching 5:1, when it comes to portraits, I tend to top around 1:2 aspect ratio.
There must be a reason why I, and many others will go wide but not tall- at least to the extreme.
Rikk Flohr © 2011
Today’s Aspect Ration: 2:3
Rikk Flohr © 2010