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Sally R

Hello from a newbie and a question about cropping and clipping

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Hi Alamy Discussion Forum,

 

It's nice to be here and have just joined and started to upload to Alamy. It seems like a positive and constructive forum community which is great, and Alamy seem like a good stock agency to be contributing to. Just wanted to say hi, and also have a question that's just come up for me...

 

I noticed today that one of my recent pics is clipped in the thumbnail view. It is of a West Australian wildflower called Purple Flag. On my desktop computer it is slightly clipped, but on my phone it is more clipped so that part of the flower is cut off. If I zoom and enlarge the image on my desktop it is in the dimensions I cropped it. If I do the same on my phone the flower is no longer cut off but there is still clipping of the image. Another image which is a square crop, is fine on the desktop thumbnail but clipped on my phone thumbnail.

 

I am wondering whether it is always best to crop to standardised sizes, such as the original image dimensions or 16 x 9, in order to avoid clipping in displays? Is this what others do with their images? And I guess also leaving sufficient space around the main subject is a good idea to avoid the edges being clipped off? I guess my main concern is that a potential buyer looking at a thumbnail, especially if part of the main subject is cut off, may not want to purchase the image.

 

I did find a previous discussion thread on this topic from 2016, so it seems clipping can be an issue. Just wondering if anyone has tips about best way to crop to avoid clipping?

 

Cheers,

Sally

 

 

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This drives me crazy. I do a lot of animals and hate to see their toes cropped off. It is a good idea to leave extra room just generally, I think. I tend to crop right in and have had to learn to give some space around the animal. The user can always crop in but they can't add space where they might want it.

 

Paulette

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Thanks Paulette. Yes I will keep this in mind for all future submissions. I just looked at some of your great animal pics! I've got a bunch of bird photos I'll upload soon, so I will make sure bits of them don't get chopped off!

 

Cheers,

Sally

 

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I tend not to crop images too much at all - the purchaser can alway crop if they want to, but they can't uncrop soemthing the contributor has removed beforehand.

 

I wonder how much clipping on a phone thumbail is an issue. Do many photo buyers (especially professional ones) search for and buy images using their phone? I tend to assume that anyone who is serious about their work uses a computer. Or am I showing my fuddy-duddy face again??

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Thanks Joseph,

 

I don't think you're a fuddy-duddy! Yes hopefully most people will not be buying on their phone. It makes sense if purchasing photographs that you really want to see them properly before purchasing. Perhaps a few marketing or advertising people in a rush to meet a deadline might do it, especially if they are only looking for something small that they don't need to be high res.

 

But yes minimal cropping seems like a good idea.

 

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Just a thought, you can't always frame an image in camera  for maximum impact and cropping can make a so-so shot look a deal better. You do lose some pixels, but only a minority of customers appear to specify image size, so, in most cases this is not an issue. Remember that your shots appear alongside hundreds of others and they need to jump out and say buy me!

 

On the other hand some applications do require space for written copy, so cropping out blank sky is not always a good idea. 😮

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Good point Bryan. Thank you. Yes it seems to be a balance between creating an impact that is visible and appealing on a thumbnail, but not cropping too tightly. I can see it would vary on a case by case basis too, depending on the subject matter, if copy space might be appropriate etc...

 

 

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