As much as possible I want to shoot the image correctly in camera so that I don’t have to crop the image later in Lightroom or Photoshop.

But sometimes cropping creates greater impact for an image no matter how you have taken the original shot.

We often have a few ratios typically available to us such as 16:9 or 16:10 which are wide angle crops which create great impact. The one that is often missing is the Cinematic Crop. We all are familiar with this aspect ratio when we watch movies in the Cinema but don’t have this ratio in Photoshop or Lightroom.

Barcelona City

Barcelona City

Dallas Sunset

Dallas Sunset

The ratio for Cinematic Crop is 21:9 or 2.333333333:1

You can create this very easily and save this as a preset in Photoshop or Lightroom.

Eye in the Sky

Eye in the Sky

Stroll in the Woods, Frankfurt

Stroll in the Woods, Frankfurt

See for yourself how this can be more impacting than standard 3:2 or 4:3 depending on the size of your sensor. Here they are before the crop:

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Not as powerful as they are with the cinematic crop? What do you think?

Drone-in-flight

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Let us know your thoughts. Do you prefer the cropped image or original image?