Crop Factor, can ruin sales.

posted on 20th of november, 2008

Hi, I would like to share something with DT which I guess will be very useful for everyone on DT, I don't know if this subject is already covered, if yes, sorry for my ignorance, but anyways I'm continuing to write this at least newbies might get benefited.

Well recently I was doing a freelance project for two of client and we are searching images in DT, my client liked so many images here on DT, but was it his bad luck or the contributors bad luck, the client and his creative manager rejected 80 images out of 100 selected in the light box. The reason the image is excellent, but BAD CROPPING, even I dint notice it while creating the light box. The client wanted around 40 portrait image and he settled down for just 5 out of the selected 20. Its huge loss for the DT Community. So i suggest contributors to take special care while cropping the image, leave the freedom to the designer to crop out the image as per his requirement. I know we crop the images so it look good and perfect, but what is good for us is not good for buyers, so please take spacial care and leave enough room around the subject. Do always think what the buyer is looking for. And remember the bottom line, WHAT IS GOOD FOR US MAY NOT BE GOOD FOR BUYERS AND DESIGNER, after all we are here in DT to sell images not showcase our creativity.

Hope this helps

Well here are two image my client was eager to buy, and finally had to reject for poor cropping.

© Lvnel (Help)

Comments (13)

Posted by Countedsorrow2 on January 29, 2011
Hi, I usually put things like that in the image description.
ie Uncropped image available, or image availble also in xyz format.

Good point.
Posted by Mpimageart on December 26, 2008
thanks for sharing this information with us :)
Posted by Creativei on December 20, 2008
Well I almost forgot about this blog so do DT users, was suprised to see this pop up on the homepage of DT blog under HOT TOPIC
Posted by Thayyilani on November 21, 2008
I have read an article somewhere (not in DT) about croping. 90% of portrait images are useless because of bad croping.
Posted by Creativei on November 21, 2008
yes Neomania, I agree with your point, Well photographers should consider the print media when you upload images in DT, and I request DT to consider little bit of room around the subject, especially portraits. We need room and freedom play around.
Posted by Creativei on November 20, 2008
Hi, thanks for all the comments, it seems very interesting subject, so I have started a new thread, Close cropping good or bad Lets share our views it might really help someone
Posted by Creativei on November 20, 2008
Dear Forgiss,
I agree with your view, well im a photgrapher myself and like to close crop so it looks better and catchy, but I never knew it was catch for me only, from designers point of view and creative managers we have a set plan for each project, ultimatelly the buyers are king.
Posted by Creativei on November 20, 2008
Hi Amilevin,
You have point there, if we cant upload seprate images we can atleast a leave a note that fuller image is avilable on demand, DT should allow us to tag this option, could be an idea, readers please lets share your thoughts.
Posted by Creativei on November 20, 2008
Hi Lvnel,
I was expecting this comment from you, yes I do agree that your image has sold and downloaded many times, I dont say that, And we really didnt have time to contact you for differnt shot, or may be i wasnt aware of this. Anyways lets see where it takes.
Posted by Creativei on November 20, 2008
Hi Jacetan, This is news to me that DT rejects images with more whitespace. Heloo DT admins, is there a rule like this, I just need to clarify so next time I upload I dont want my images to rejected on this grounds.
Posted by Jacetan on November 20, 2008
as a designer, i agree with this. However, when i submit my pictures as a photographer, DT rejects pictures with too much open spaces and says that its bad composition.

My small input.
Posted by Creativei on November 20, 2008
O agree with you Southernstar, but do you think in this deadlines people will really have time to get back to the photographers, anyways next time I will suggest this to clients, might be useful.
Posted by Southernstar71 on November 20, 2008
I certainly see your point here, but at the same time you can probably ask the photographers if they have a non-cropped version that they can put online. Probably some of them have it, but did not submit it to DT because it did not look as good and thus they were afraid it would get rejected...

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