I am lucky that I started working as a professional photographer in the old days when there was less competition. I occasionally think about what it would be like today. In some ways, the Internet has made it easier than ever to share your work with a large audience, but it has also made it much harder to stand out since everyone with a camera wants to make some extra change from their hobby.

I continue to be amazed at the myths surrounding cropping. This should have been long settled. There is no contest award for those who do NOT crop and generally, there’s not much penalty (if any) to making the decision to crop. All modern cameras costing $500 or more offer a sensor that allows cropping up to 50%. If you have a 20 megapixel sensor or larger, you can do so with impunity.