There’s always been a discussion amongst photographers and photo enthusiasts if Zooming in is better or Cropping is on a photograph.
People are still not sure about what’s better so what do you say about settling this discussion once and for all.
Let’s settle people…
Zooming is changing the length of your lens to create the final composition. Zooming happens in the field, while you are taking a photograph.
Cropping, on the other hand, is editing the photograph, after it has been clicked, by selecting a smaller part of the original photograph to make the final image.
Zooming happens with your lens or with your feet (walking towards the subject) while cropping happens on your computer or Smartphone.
1. Zooming will allow you to retain more information/detail in the photo. This would also leave you with the ability to then crop in on your zoomed in the photo giving you an even closer "zoom".
Cropping is really just deleting unwanted part of your photo.
2. Cropping should be used for minor composition adjustments.
Zooming would most likely lower your aperture (depending on the lens you are using) which requires a longer shutter/slower shutter speed or higher ISO to maintain correct exposure.
3. Cropping an image takes up more space than zooming in and clicking a picture.
4. Zooming in on an image will allow you to select the part of that scenery that you want to really capture and show the viewer.
However, cropping an image leaves you with no such option. Of course, you can crop it freestyle but that will ruin the authenticity of the picture.
5. Zooming on an image gives you clarity and a point-and-shoot focus but cropping an image leaves you with no clarity and torn pixels and nobody likes a distorted photograph.
Now you only decide which path is better to follow, Zoom or Crop.
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