View Full Version : which crop would you prefer.

01-28-2008, 06:07 PM
Which one, and why...also, would you think this would look better with a stepmount?




01-28-2008, 07:13 PM
Hey Danna,
I like the first crop better personally.

01-28-2008, 08:01 PM
Hi Danna;

I would choose the 2nd one, definitely. In order to get it to score in the mid to upper 70's you will need to do a few things. Her head is way too big, in the presentation. (think how big it would be in a 20" X 16") I'd make a step mount and position her eyes for the 3rd quadrant. The background is very distracting so I'd tone that way down. I'd use a medium grey, from the image, for the accent line around the subject layer.

None of those things will correct the lack of modeling on her face. If you do a lot of work I think you can get it up to a 78 maybe. Good luck on it.

01-28-2008, 08:01 PM
Dana, I like the first crop better but there are other issues here as a competition print. The background is "busy" and combined with the plaid jacket, these elements create a distraction to the subject. It's a great senior portrait but I don't think it would do well in competition.

01-28-2008, 08:56 PM
Or take a look at this version. No distracting background via a tighter crop and a bit more "pop". I'm not saying this is comp worthy, just consider a tighter crop and go in and make those eyes "pop". Nice work though and a very cute girl.


01-28-2008, 09:38 PM
Thank you all very much for your replies and help.