Light trails and pillars under the New York State Thruway in Nyack, New York
I took about 7 photos to get this long exposure of concrete columns and passing traffic on Route 59 underneath the New York State Thruway in Nyack, New York.

Every photographer has his or her unique shooting and post-processing style. With my artwork, one of the things I never do is crop my images. I feel as though my photos should be well-composed in my camera’s viewfinder and that cropping them later on the computer is kind of like cheating.

I want my imagery to be totally authentic, and strive to capture as close to the perfect shot as I can in-camera. Shooting digital in this day and age, I see no need for cropping. I can take countless photos and instantly review them (albeit on a small LCD screen), ensuring I have at least one great shot without distracting or unwanted elements.

Even though I don’t crop my photographs, I realize that in some cases it is needed. Cropping is a necessity with editorial images, as publications have different formats. Available space for imagery varies from one magazine or newspaper to the next, making it impossible for all images to have the same size/proportions. Commercial photographs used in advertising are also cropped to fit a variety of needs, both digital and printed.

What are your thoughts? To crop or not to crop? Leave a comment below and let me know.

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