Cropping decisions plague many photographers. Whether we make the decision in camera, in software, or while matting, deciding what to leave in and what to leave out can be paralyzing.
When director John Slade showed me a rough poster design for the Ojai Art Center Theater production of Never Too Late, I noticed that the cast portraits were very tight crops, so I decided to give it a try.
I’m not sure why it’s been so hard for me to crop like this in the past. When I look at these, I’m reminded of Robert Capa’s famous observation, “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” Overall, I’m very happy with the results and look forward to incorporating this approach into my future portraits.