Shoot wide and crop?

There seem to be two schools of thought when it comes to taking digital landscape photos.  One school says that you should use your artistic talent to shoot the best composition possible in the camera.  The other says that you can shoot wide, get more than you need and crop it later on the computer.

I’ve done both, but I think it depends on your output medium.  As I wrote in my last entry, if your canvas is Instagram, you don’t need more than a thousand pixels across the long side of your picture.  You can afford to shoot wide and crop as much as you want.  If you want to print a poster, every pixel counts.  You have to crop as little as possible.

When I want to cheat on a large size print, I shoot a multi-frame panoramic shot that I stitch in PTGui.  Then I can crop and get the composition I want with enough resolution left over.

I’m starting to see the pleasure of shooting with a Phase One and a 100MP sensor…

Let me know what your philosophy is.

Happy shooting!

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