Zooming and cropping are little edits that can change the entire composition of your images.
When we zoom, we are able to see details in our images that we may not have noticed to the naked eye. We see the grains, the pores, the dust. We see the reflections, the shine and the wrinkles. It is always very important to look at your entire image at 100% to make sure that you have captured your image in the best possible way that you intended — that 33.7% zoom is simply not good enough and more often than not, quite deceiving.
By cropping, we are able to make our images much stronger. We get rid of the extras, the excess and the distractions. We allow the audience to see the details that are the most important. Here, you see a photo of some cute kittens on a bed. Unless the cats got in the way of your pillow shot… start cropping and keep only the cats. The pillows will always be pillows, but the eyes and expressions of those kittens will change faster than you can say ‘meow’.
Happy Zooming! Happy Cropping!