Cropping - old issue, still ignored by most

posted on 8th of august, 2010

We keep getting emails from buyers where they complain about poor cropping of images. Not poor compositions, but poor cropping in regards for file usability. We were asked to pass the following comment directly to our community —

Received by feedback form on the site:
I love your site and I've been using it for over 2 years now.
Here's my comment - please tell all your wonderful photographers to PLEASE STOP cropping their photos. I can't tell you how many photos that I've loved but couldn't use because one or more of the subject's head/arm/whatever has been cut off. I'm begging. Let me crop out what I don't need. THANK YOU!!

Comment to a blog:
Well from a designer point of view, especially while designing magazines, I prefer a uncropped...

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Comments (31)

Posted by Demonike on January 30, 2011
Kristy, the request processing takes so much time that no one will wait for it, rather leave it and look elsewhere if the image will not suit the needs. Few would even notice the option for request. It is like with black and white images - you can not convert them back to color. Likewise, you cannot "reproduce" the cropped areas if they have been cut once, so it is better to be on the safe side.
Posted by Countedsorrow2 on January 29, 2011
If an image has been excessively cropped in order to be accepted
for composition reasons, wouldn't it just be simple to add
"uncropped image available upon request" in the image description section?

Then if it is requested, it can be submitted uncropped
and the admin would know the photo was a request from a buyer.

Just a thought :)

Cheers, Kristy
Posted by Eclecticelegance on August 28, 2010
Wow, I hadn't really thought about this before. My images are usually not cropped enough and have too much in the picture. Interesting and very useful. Thank you!

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