By removing the unwanted portion of the photo we now have a nice photo of Joey. The bird is central to the picture in this crop, and it works very well. The original photo was a 1Mp image and crops well. The crop's fine for dislaying on the web, but if you want to print then it's reccomended you have at least a 5 megapixel image to work with or the print will look blocky.

Poor old Auntie Teresa's bugie's looking a bit lost all by himself on the window ledge. The large size of the widow compared to the small budgie detracts from the object of the photograph, the budgie itself. It's a great idea to crop the image to make the bird the main focal point. Windows Live Photo gallery has an easy to use cropping tool to do this. First click on the edit image tab whilst viewing a photo in the gallery. Once it's loaded, click on the Crop icon in the toolbar and drag the grid so that what you want to keep is in the grid. Everything else will be cropped away.

Joey's flown back on top of his cage. For our next crop we're going to use the rule of thirds.

Whilst the photo's now smaller, the budgie's occupying the right hand third of the image, which looks neater as we've not got the picture in the top left dividing our attention.

Oh dear! George has fallen asleep. He won't like the photo as it's too cluttered. We'd better tidy up, and I mean the photo, not the room. By cropping close to his head and the left side of the sofa we get a much tidier image.

Windows 7 users will probably recognise this picture of Dunnottar castle near Stonehaven in Scotland. Whilst it's a pleasant snapshot of my daughter and friend Andy, the castle looks a little small. It would make a great landscape photo. Let's see....... What can a little crop do?

If you look at the cropped picture below, it's now a great landscape photograph worthy of a picture postcard. Quite often we'll take a picture of something to find that the subject was a little far away and looks small. Cropping will make the subject look as if it was taken from much closer than it really was. Indeed, the photo below looks as it was taken from much closer.

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You can also crop to fake a panoramic scene. This is explained in the Pleasing Panoramas page. It's a great illusion that's easilly achieved. The bigger the original image is in megapixels, the better the panorama looks.

Colin's Conclusion.

Cropping is really easy to do in Windows Live Photo galley, and used properly, it can produce great results. Try it yourself and see. Oh, and please don't wake George up.

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