Thursday, March 7th, 2024

Photo Fundamentals: Why Cropping Improves Your Images

Lecture with John Kerans
Thursday, March 7th, 2024
Online: 6 pm CT


An artful crop can make any photo stronger, by improving its composition and removing distractions. Just as important, by cropping your image, you can direct the eye of the viewer to that part of your photo which is most compelling.

In this presentation, you’ll become acquainted with the basics of cropping and learn how different guidelines apply to landscapes, cityscapes and portraits. Of particular note, we’ll look at a handful of famous photos to compare the original version with the cropped image that everybody knows.


John Kerans – a life-long journalist – is a graduate of the Army’s photojournalism school who later earned his BA in photojournalism at the University of Minnesota. In civilian life, his journalism career has included stints as a reporter in Chicago, an assignment editor in Minneapolis, a TV news director in Des Moines.

Since 2015, John has been an instructor for the Digital Photography Certificate Program offered by Continuing Education at STLCC, Saint Louis Community College. Prior to STLCC, he taught at Arizona State, Scottsdale College and the University of Kansas. John holds a community college teaching certificate from Arizona State, and earned an MA in advertising at Lindenwood University.

Each year since 2013, John has judged entries in the annual journalism competition sponsored by the New York Press Club, evaluating material from the likes of NBC DatelineTime Magazine and The New Yorker.

Main image: Nick Ut, The Terror of War, 1972. Image courtesy of Associated Press. Nick Ut’s powerful, Pulitzer Prize winning photograph was cropped for publication from the photographer’s original source image.


Can’t make it that date or want to rewatch? Recordings of lectures and workshops will be available for everyone registered within a week of the class. 

Admission: $5 Non-Members/Members Free


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