Monday, 17 February 2014

Spot the Difference

I went out for pizza to celebrate my sister-in-law's birthday last week. The top picture was taken on a phone camera by the waitress and is faulty in many ways. The lower one is my attempt at improving it in Photoshop. The colour and quality are only marginally better (sorry all you iPhone lovers, but I really can't get excited about it). However, it's the cropping I wanted to talk about.
There is no doubt that the cropped picture is a better composition - we group of girlies fill the frame and there is less of that dreadful hospital-green wall. If I were making a 12x12 page I would definitely use it. BUT-and here's my question- for Project Life the original is more useful. That horrible background is a perfect placement for a journalling label, washi tape and embellishments.
So spot the difference now. Which should I put in my PL layout?


1 comment:

Amy said...

If it were me, I'd use the uncropped image for the reason you stated and also because, photos in low light conditions are often grainy, despite any corrective work in PS, and I think, when blown up, it exacerbates the issue. Plus, I do think the background does add context and in a PL style of scrapping that is what I look for in my photos.

How are you finding PL so far?