As I have been posting the 600+ photos that I took on my research trip to Ohio to the FindAGrave.com website, I keep asking myself “Have they ever heard of a cropping tool?”
Now, I truly believe any photo is better than no photo of an ancestors grave. However, some photos have the tombstone surrounded by so much grass that the grass is the focus of the image rather than the tombstone. Since I don’t want to embarrass anyone who is willing to do this service for others, I’ll use my own photos in the case study. What you’ll see is a photo where the gravestone is not the center.
Did you notice the legs of my tripod in this photo as well? Yep! That’s so distracting. But thanks to a cropping tool, I can reduce the grass around the tombstone and crop out the tripod. Then I have a photo like this:
|James M and Doris C Flynn
St. Joseph Cemetery
I also used a blemish brush and a cloning tool to take care of the bird droppings. With the distractions removed, the photo focuses on James M Flynn (1911 – 1989) and his wife Doris C Flynn (1916 – 2002).
So, if you haven’t discovered cropping, please look into it. Your photos will look so much better!