Improving your visuals always improves storytelling. Sometimes though, all you really need to do is adjust the visual. Like cropping the photo. It helps me focus in on a story’s detail. I sometimes use cropping to help me tell multiple stories with the same photo too.
Cropping the photo on this page allowed me to zoom in on the details — the mud on his wet clothes, which is really what this story was all about.
When I first started creating this page, I knew I was going to use a photo of me. I hadn’t intended to crop it to anything other than a head shot. But in one of those happy little accidents, this is about what the photo looked like when I dragged it in & clipped it to the photo layer. And I loved how focusing on the eyes added strength to the storytelling, so I left it that way.
Afraid you’re losing too much detail by cropping in close? Use the photo twice, once with all the details, & once zoomed in on a particular detail.
How do you use creative cropping on your pages?