Workflow Tip – Crop First

Here’s a quick workflow tip for you. If you’re wondering when the right time to crop is then consider this. When you work through processing and developing your photos, chances are you’re going to be looking at the histogram often, right. Well, why leave an area in your photo that may affect the histogram significantly, when you’re just going to crop it out later? That’s why I crop first. Actually, second – I white balance first then I crop. You’ll see that when you crop in Lightroom the histogram changes as you change the crop area. This means that the histogram you see is the real histogram and you can make better decisions when toning your photos. Happy cropping!

Author: Matt Kloskowski

Matt is the Vice President of Photography for onOne Software and a Tampa-based photographer. He's a best selling author of over 20 books and teaches Lightroom and Photoshop at seminars and conferences around the world.

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