What would you do? Crop problem - stretched canvas added post 3

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What would you do? Crop problem - stretched canvas added post 3

I re-shot Jack's 1 year portraits today, and got a bunch that I just love. Problem is that the photo is going in an 8x10 frame ... and I was too close to him when shooting. I can't fit all of him in an 8x10 crop. Ack!!!! I could just crop him close up, but I just think he's so darling sitting on this crate. That could be mommy goggles too.

Anyhow, I have not edited a single one yet, or even narrowed down the lot of them. I was just skimming through them and noticed that I wouldn't be able to properly crop them for the frame. Sad

What would you do? I can't do a collage for that particular wall, as all of the kids have solo pictures there. (and I'm doing a collage for the cake smash, I really don't have a place for two collages of him).

Here's just one of them

IMG_5495

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Oooh, that's tough. The only thing I can think of is to put it in a white mat in PS and maybe put a little text under it - "Jack, 1 year old" or something to make it look purposeful.

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I tried stretching the canvas, but am not sure if it makes the crate slats look wonky. What do you think? (different picture, I know, but I have a ton of him sitting here like that and the one below is the one I happened to stretch the canvas on)

IMG_5492 stretched pp copy

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sometimes this board kills me ... it's hard not to take offense when there are so many views and no replies. I was hoping more than one person would reply with suggestions, ya know? I get frustrated at times, sometimes it seems that the photographers going after the business aspect get more replies. yes, their pictures tend to be better than mine, but I want to get better. anyhow, not looking for CC on this set, as I'm happy with it. just wanted help with the crop to make it all fit ... so if you have a minute, and you're looking at this thread, please just reply and let me know if the stretched canvas looks okay. thanks, I do appreciate it.

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What do you mean by stretching the canvas? (sorry if dumb question!) It looks to me like the right side of the backdrop in the pic is lighter than the left.

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"IronMate" wrote:

What do you mean by stretching the canvas? (sorry if dumb question!) It looks to me like the right side of the backdrop in the pic is lighter than the left.

I added more "space" on the left by stretching the space to the left of him so that it's farther away from him. I did that so that it's a proper 8x10 crop. I couldn't do an 8x10 crop of him without the stretch, at least not without cutting off his feet.

It's actually a really cool technique, I had never done it before.

Here's the tutorial I used:

http://mcpactions.com/blog/2009/04/29/stretching-your-canvas/

So, if you can't tell that the left side looks funny, then I'm guessing it will work. Smile (thanks for the reply!)

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I think I would have had to really be looking to tell it was stretched but since you mentioned it I can definitely see it now, but i think it looks good

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works for me. I don't think anyone who didn't know about it would notice it in print.

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Gwen, I think that looks good! I've actually never had to stretch a canvas before that wasn't just a solid colour, so to me it looks good! I would just clone the shadows in the top corners, they draw my attention away from little Jack. CUTE shot btw, and I agree about not cropping out him sitting on the crate b/c he looks so darn cute.

And I hear ya about all the views and little to no replies. It's hard not to take it personally. :confused:

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looks a bit stretched to me but I'm no expert. not sure how else to suggest. I think I wouldn't have noticed anything if you didn't say

(sorry about the replies, I hear ya, many reads and little responses is so common. actually I've found it worse in the past few weeks)

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Sorry girl...I am still trying to catch up...and I'm not doing so good at it. :oops:

I didn't notice at first. Not till you told me about it. So I think that's a good thing. Wink

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I dont notice it either, love the crate too! I agree about so few replies. Its kinda discouraging when you are trying to work on something and need a quick answer.

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Great job stretching the canvas, Gwen. I wouldn't have picked it on the planks, though the background looks a little 'off' - but you probably wouldn't see it unless you were looking for it.

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Hey Gwen! I already told you h ow much I love this shot over at Flickr. Can' tbelieve you figured out how to stretch the canvas - you so clearly RULE!