Old 11-20-2007, 07:57 PM   #1
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I'm new on this website, and I've recently been trying to add some pictures. This is one of the pictures that got rejected, reason being bad cropping. I don't really understand what's wrong with this picture, can you guys give me some advise on how to improve pictures like this in the future?

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Old 11-20-2007, 08:15 PM   #2
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I'm not a big fan of the vertical layout for this one, but if you want to go vertical, at least get the train away from the middle. Follow the "rule of thirds", in this case, I think, by cropping at the top (no need for this shot to be so tall and thin anyway) which will move the train up in relation to what is left.
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Old 11-20-2007, 10:22 PM   #3
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Try a different size setting: 640 px by 800 px is popular for vertical shots.
It will cut out a lot of your dead space. I think the bushes in the foreground are distracting.
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Old 11-20-2007, 11:34 PM   #5
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Try a different size setting: 640 px by 800 px is popular for vertical shots.
It will cut out a lot of your dead space. I think the bushes in the foreground are distracting.
Jim, here's the same advice, but better, I think. Jim's advice is to change the aspect ratio of the image by cropping top and bottom. Sure! But don't put a 640x800 onto RP if you can do the same thing with 720x900! I usually submit verticals that are 900 high, 800 is too small for my tastes.
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Jim, here's the same advice, but better, I think. Jim's advice is to change the aspect ratio of the image by cropping top and bottom. Sure! But don't put a 640x800 onto RP if you can do the same thing with 720x900! I usually submit verticals that are 900 high, 800 is too small for my tastes.
I lost my cheat sheet of dimensions, so that was the only ratio I could come up with.
Anyone else have preferred vertical dimensions?
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Old 11-21-2007, 12:03 AM   #7
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I lost my cheat sheet of dimensions, so that was the only ratio I could come up with.
You misunderstand. The ratio, 4:5, is fine (so are other ratios, 2:3, 3:4, etc.). But you sized it too small in my opinion, so I scaled it up so it would appear a bit bigger on the screen.
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Got it - I'm just mathematically challenged
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I lost my cheat sheet of dimensions, so that was the only ratio I could come up with.
Anyone else have preferred vertical dimensions?
My vertical 4:5 ratio crops are 760 x 608.
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My vertical 4:5 ratio crops are 760 x 608.
Why limit to such a small size? The bigger the better!

Well, that is not strictly true, especially if your monitor is 1024x768, my preferred 900 is too tall and makes you scroll. In part I like the bigger because I hope that people will still be looking occasionally at my stuff a couple of years down the road when 1280x1024 monitors are more common.

Still, I think 760 is way small and 800 too small, even. I want to see the details in the image also.
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Why limit to such a small size? The bigger the better!

Well, that is not strictly true, especially if your monitor is 1024x768
That's why mine are smaller...I hate scrolling to see everything. Maybe if higher res monitors become the norm, then I'll use the re-submit function and upload a larger image!
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Why limit to such a small size? The bigger the better!

Well, that is not strictly true, especially if your monitor is 1024x768, my preferred 900 is too tall and makes you scroll. In part I like the bigger because I hope that people will still be looking occasionally at my stuff a couple of years down the road when 1280x1024 monitors are more common.

Still, I think 760 is way small and 800 too small, even. I want to see the details in the image also.
I don't like having to scroll, and I don't like forcing people to scroll.

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Can you not see the detail in these images? By the way, image size doesn't always make the difference in whether you can see detail or not. What if it's a HUGE image but the subject matter is small?
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Old 11-21-2007, 04:36 PM   #13
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Thanks for your useful advise! I'll think about it next time I make a vertical picture.
I had left this picture's ratio to a classic 2:3, a convenient size for making a print. Although, less classic sizes are nice as well, plus they allow more creativity.
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