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    One consideration I always try and bear in mind, with occasional failure, is to remember that in all likelihood I am printing 8x10. With this in mind I always try and leave a little space on the short side in, say, 135 roll film so that I have something that can be cropped out if I am printing full sheet 8x10.
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    In the viewfinder I capture everything I can, when printing I crop to emphasize what I thought was important.

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    Depends on what you are trying to do. If ones subject is the negative, maybe the whole thing needs to be shown.

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    I try to nail it on the neg. It makes the printing go faster & easier.

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    Depends on whether you're trying to be the perfect photographer or deliver your message perfectly.

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    I try to print what I intended when I made the photo... usually I don't crop. Sometimes I make a picture with a particular crop in mind... lately I've made a few where the plan was to crop to 2:1 ( about 4.5 x 9 inch print ).

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    I try to get it right on the negative. If the print is for a specific purpose or audience, and the need/assignment is better fulfilled, cropped—then I crop.

    When I studied documentary photography at Salt, (back when it was all analog), we had two teachers. One was a retired AP photographer, who thought full-frame printing was lofty but a good goal to have.

    The other teacher had an MFA and most of her work was not as deadline-oriented. She strongly discouraged cropping.

    I wish I could say the one who discouraged cropping was the better photographer or vice versa. But they both made images that literally made me catch my breath.

    So there was a very deliberate tension created around the full-frame/crop debate and I still feel that tension when I print.

    I think striving for full-frame can only make you a better photographer. Cropping can make your work more desirable to a majority of people who don't give a shit about lofty things.

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    Where would you crop "Ava, Mendocino"? (Exercise for Subscribers because the print is in the Galleries)...

    I think of photography as a kind of poetry, and so I enjoy the entire photograph as a whole, edge to edge. If it doesn't work that way, I reserve the right to crop. But lately, it's been full-frame full-steam ahead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Burk View Post
    Where would you crop "Ava, Mendocino"? (Exercise for Subscribers because the print is in the Galleries)...
    I wouldn't...great moment, great framing.

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    sometimes i crop because i can.. but sometimes i can't .
    so i do my best to get it right in-camera.

    i am guessing even the people who claim full frame or death
    and got famous for their full frames, wished they weren't such
    zealots and could crop .. but then again maybe i am wrong ..
    ( ive seeen cropped contact prints, taped chromes and other things
    i never thought were possible )

    are there any writers that published rough drafts ?

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