I wanted to talk about cropping for effect in this short article.
As I was going through my Lightroom catalogue yesterday I cam across an image from sometime back. I thought what a nice photo if only it had been composed in a more dynamic way. Cropping for effect is a great way to alter an image to give more emphasis on what you want to say in a photograph. The original image shows the flower in the middle of the photo and your eye is not lead direct to the main part of the image. Using the crop tool you are able to more precisely smooth out unwanted clutter in the image and place elements exactly where you want them, namely the flower on the top right third of the photo, removing the unwanted rock on the right and foreground. Adding a dab of light in the top right of the image added a little more interest and indicated where the light on the rock maybe coming from. So next time you have an image that looks a little drab use the crop tool and play around with it and crop for effect.