When I talk about photography, please don’t take me to be claiming to know much about it or to be any good at it. That being acknowledged, there is one rule that I hear repeated, and when I think to apply it, I like the result better. It goes something like this: “Get closer, and then get closer.”
That being said, to illustrate the point at least a little bit, permit me to trot out some daylily pictures … just one last time … promise.
Here are three pairs of flower photos with the bottom one being more zoomed in than the top one in each case. These are all original photos, with no post-processing cropping and no post-processing of any kind (I think).
In each case, the closer shot looks better to me, and I think the difference stands out most starkly in the third set where I got closest to the subject.
While you are looking also consider that most of the photos are at least somewhat off-centre. This is generally more esthetically pleasing that always having your subject placed smack-dab in the middle — which, unfortunately, is what I did in the top photo of the third pairing. This made it the most blah photo of the lot in my opinion.
As I’ve previously declared in another recent post, we amateurs often don’t have a lot of time to compose and take a shot. Even if we do, we don’t always have the option of moving closer to our subjects. So … there’s nothing wrong with using your software to crop once you upload a photo to your computer.
Try it; you’ll like it.