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How to crop a case photo cleanly

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If you want to compare multiple photos side by side like a case photo, it will be easier to compare if the composition, balance, and ratio of the photos are the same.

However, even if you intend to shoot with the image of a fixed composition and size to be used, there are many cases where you have to hurry to shoot, such as when the next treatment is scheduled immediately after the shooting, and after the shooting is over, I should have taken it more like this, "maybe I regret it.

Also, have you ever put a burden on your customers because you asked them to take multiple pictures, such as taking a close-up of a certain part in addition to taking the whole picture?

For various other reasons, you may only be able to take an unwilling composition. It will be false if you process the photo, but I will introduce a method to make the case photo that could not be taken well look beautiful by using trimming that can change the composition instead of processing.

Trimming allows you to leave only the parts you need

"Crop" is to cut out a part of an image (photo) and leave only the necessary part. Depending on the trimming, the impression of the same image will change. Cropping, which allows you to omit unnecessary information and narrow down to the part you want to convey in the image, is also effective for case photographs.

You may have heard the word "trimming" at dog "trimming salons". "Trimming" is sometimes called "cutting out" because dog trimming is used to cut dog hair.

Impression of an image that changes so much with trimming

By making full use of trimming, you can change the vertical and horizontal composition of the image, or cut out only the necessary part and intentionally use only a part of the original image.

You can change the composition

If you post the two case photos you want to compare on the homepage with the vertical and horizontal compositions disjointed, the page will be inconsistent and uncoordinated. This is because the aspect ratio of a photo has the effect of emphasizing the elements on the long side, and changing the aspect ratio of a photo changes the impression that the person viewing the photo has, even for the same subject.

However, even if the composition changes before and after the procedure, you can still align the composition by trimming as long as you take a picture so that the necessary parts are included without omission. Let's check with the following trimming example.

Vertical composition photo to horizontal composition
Vertical composition photo to horizontal composition
From horizontal composition to vertical composition
Horizontal composition photo to vertical composition

You can have photos with different compositions

Slightly smaller and offset to the right
Slightly smaller and to the right
Slightly large and placed in the center
Slightly large and close to the center

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Unify the above photos with the same position and the same ratio
Unify the above photos with the same position and the same ratio
Unify the above photos with the same position and the same ratio

Background information can be eliminated

If there is extra information in the background, the impression of the background may remain large, but it is possible to eliminate the extra information by trimming.

Eliminate the background
Eliminate extra background from photos with a lot of background information

If extra information is reflected in the background in the case photo, trim the background so that you can see the difference before and after the procedure.

You can enlarge the part you need

If you shoot with a high-quality digital camera, you can crop and enlarge only a specific part. After taking a picture of the entire face, you don't have to take the close-up again, so it doesn't put an extra burden on the patient.

Enlarge the part
By taking a close-up photo of your face, you can enlarge your eyes and use it.

Tips for trimming case photos by site

The optimum trimming method varies depending on the part. Also, depending on the trimming method, it is possible to focus on a specific part.
It depends on the case, but we will introduce the trimming method that "this looks beautiful" for each part.

Trimming the entire face

It's stuffy when the whole screen is a face
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It's stuffy when the whole screen is a face
It is safe to have a margin (space) around the face
It is safe to have a margin (space) around the face

Trimming around the eyes

It is difficult to understand the points if there is space around the eyes
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It is difficult to understand the points if there is space around the eyes
You can concentrate only on your eyes
You can concentrate only on your eyes

Trimming the nose

If it is too high, your eyes will go to your nostrils.
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If it is too high, your eyes will go to your nostrils.
Eyes go all over the nose
Eyes go all over the nose

Trimming the mouth

I can imagine what it looks like to others, but I also have eyes other than my lips.
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I can imagine what it looks like, but I have eyes other than my lips
You can pay attention only to the lips
You can pay attention only to the lips

Extra: A good "blindfold" method (in the case of a nasolabial fold case photo)

Nasolabial fold trimming In order to protect personal information, we will often publish case photos with hidden eyes. However, depending on how you blindfold, your eyes may become more noticeable.

For example, in the case of a case photograph of the nasolabial fold, if you trim the eye area, you can hide the eye area in a natural way and it will be easier to see the nasolabial fold.

Body trimming

The trick to keep in mind when cropping a body photo is to remove the "joints" and crop as shown in the figure below.

Image of trimming to avoid joints

Trimming with joints creates an unnatural and uneasy composition. Be careful not to cut at "joints" such as the neck, elbows, and knees.

Introducing software and apps that can be trimmed

When trimming, you need special software (app for smartphones), but recently, the number of services that can be used for free on the Internet is increasing. Some software for PCs and smartphone apps can be used for free, so here are some popular ones.

In addition, from June 1, 2018, the medical advertising guidelines have been updated, and images with processed images or images with different shooting conditions before and after treatment fall under "hype" and cannot be posted. I will. Be careful not to perform any processing other than trimming.

Service name Overview Windows Mac smartphone
Photo Scape You can easily correct and edit photos taken with your smartphone or digital camera.
JT rim Image processing and correction can be done with simple operations
Foto Phire Photo editor, photo cutter,
All-in-one image editing software that allows you to create the photos you want to make and the ideal images using three tools called Photo Eraser.
Pixar It has almost all the useful functions for image editing, such as cropping and blurring images, and inserting figures and text. Although it is written in English, it can be operated by looking at the icon.
Since you can edit images to the same extent as Photoshop (professional software), you can expect a high quality finish.
I ♡ IMG Anyway, it is easy to understand and recommended for computer beginners

Instagram

LINE Camera

An app that makes it easy to process images

Composition is also important to convey the intention in the image

On the homepage and Instagram, in addition to case photos, there are many opportunities to post everyday situations such as new machines and products, the situation inside the clinic, and the nice scenery you found on the go.
In that case, please do not post the photo you took as it is, but try using trimming.

The persuasiveness and image of a photo will change depending on how it is cropped.

《No trimming》 Looks messy
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《No trimming》 Looks messy
<< With trimming >> For a clean impression
<< With trimming >> For a clean impression

If you compare the photos in the same clinic with and without cropping, you can see that the cropping makes the point of view fixed.

In addition to trimming, what kind of composition is important to convey the intention in the image.
Next time, I will tell you more about the specific composition.

Supervision: Photographer Miho Takeuchi

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