While I was vacationing last month, I was helping folks with blogging, photographing and using an iPad for both. My friend with whom I was traveling, was a first time blogger and iPad owner. She used her iPad mini as a camera.
Her first images were nothing to write home about, but by the end of the trip, she was photographing like a pro. One thing she learned on the iPad was how to edit images and next thing I knew, she was editing like a pro as well. But one thing I noticed was she took some of the editing too far, cropping with abandon. Even though I suggested some images were just fine as shot, she still cropped them. I asked why, and she said she liked them better that way.
Not much to debate with that reply. I can say that about the photo above too. Not quite sure why it appeals to me, maybe it has a story to tell.
Even though the photos were quite nice, what she was missing was telling any type of story. She cropped the story from the pictures. No context was left. Is bigger better?
I also explained how making the subject bigger, like below, degrades the image where it is not as sharp and the background gets pixellated, especially when viewed on a high-resolution iPad. It is the same bird as the following image, only cropped to the larger format. I just happen to like it showing more willow tree in context.
I am guessing because the subject was bigger, that is what she found appealing. In my post, I have images of Baltimore Orioles I photographed this Spring. Tell me if you think they should be cropped? Is bigger, better?