The Advantages of Cropping

Cropping with sony a7r

These days almost every camera manufacturer makes a high megapixel camera capable of providing insane amounts of detail in our images, leaving us with many cropping options. In the video and article below we’re going to show you how to take advantage of extreme cropping with a high megapixel camera.

Watch The Extreme Cropping with the Sony A7r Video

My Mixology

  • 01-30 BASE-VIVID: 30b. Vivid – Import + Profile (RESET)
  • 02-00 CURVES-NEUTRAL: 04a. Vintage Punch – Standard

Local Area Adjustments

  • Graduated Filter: 03 Burn (Darken) -0.5 Stop

Cropping Our Image

The first thing I’m going to do to my image is apply the “01-30 BASE-VIVID: 30b. Vivid – Import + Profile (RESET)” preset, and now I’m ready to crop my image. When I was taking this photo I was shooting with a 2×1 crop in mind. I’m going to compose my crop so that the yellow racecar is the focus of the image.

2x1 crop

Look at the difference this crop makes! We’re able to get up close and personal with the racecars and it gives this image a more intense feeling.

long beach grand prix crop

The amazing thing is that even though we cropped away most of the photo, we’re still left with an impressive 7-8 megapixel image. There’s still plenty of details in this picture and if we were to print this image it would look just fine.

8 mp image

Finishing Our Edit

Now that we have cropped our image to satisfaction, we need to finish our edit. I want this image to have a 70’s style cinematic look (Have you seen the movie Rush?), which is why I’m applying the 02-00 CURVES-NEUTRAL: 04a. Vintage Punch – Standard preset. After some minor tweaks with Color Temp and Contrast, and after applying 3 Gradient Filters (watch video above to see how those were applied) I am finished with this edit. Here’s what our original photo and finished photo look like.


long beach grand prix photo


long beach grand prix photo


Conclusion and Learn More

We hope you all enjoyed this tutorial. If you are interested in learning more or purchasing the SLR Lounge Lightroom Presets v5, please click any of the links in this article.

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