Crop to Improve

All of our smartphones have cameras and we take them with us every where we go which has snapping 1000’s of photos every year but have you ever wondered what could make some of those photos better?

One of the techniques available to hep improve your photos is the cropping tool. This technique can help remove unwanted distractions, assist with framing or isolate the subject from the background.


The above image was taken using a smartphone (left handed…not easy) however there are quite a lot of distractions or rubbish around the edges such as the tail of a seagulll and part of a wing. Cropping the image removes those unwanted distractions and focuses the viewer on the subject.


The result is a cleaner look, almost no distractions and the subject isolated from the background. To further improve the image, the seagull in the back ground could be cloned out using snapseed or a similar app however there was never any intention to print the image and only post to social media.

The challenge to you is to search through the gallery on your phone and try cropping an image to remove unwanted distractions and refine your image. Please post a link to your copped image in the comments below so I and others can check them out.

Happy cropping


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