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 K

Matt is a full time Education Director for the NAPP and Kelby Training. He's a best-selling author of various books on Photoshop and Photography co-hosts the live weekly photography talk show "The Grid" and is co-host of "Photoshop User TV". In his spare time he practices as a 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo and enjoys spending time with his family in Tampa, FL.

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