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 full-time Director of Education for Kelby Media Group and a Tampa-based photographer. He's the Editor-in-Chief of Lightroom Magazine, the lead instructor on the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom LIVE Seminar Tour and author of several best-selling Photoshop books. Matt also hosts the world's top Lightroom blog,, where he's built up a massive library of Lightroom videos, presets and tips. In addition to teaching Photoshop, Lightroom and photography seminars around the world, he's an instructor at Photoshop World and one of the full-time staff writers for Photoshop User Magazine.

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