How do I retain pixel density/quality of the original shot after cropping
off a major portion from a full frame capture and subsequently display it
at the newly created size?
Anotherwords, I don't want that cropped shot after being opened to
automatically fill the entire 23 inches of my monitors screenspace (which
would be ridculous & overly pixel thin) but just at the intended crop size.
Then if I want to futher zoom in, that will be my choice.
Being primarily a bird photographer and factoring in I use a full frame
DSLR, due to physical distance away from the bird, I often have to crop
significantly to axe undesirable elements and to bring out/highlight
To demonstrate - hopefully to make this more clear:
I have a picture of a perched red-tailed hawk which only occupies a
relatively modest or even small portion of the screen. I can only
reasonably zoom or crop in so far before it's stretched too thin.
In addition, not only do I just want to display the core portion of the
picture (bird + perch), there will be a variation that will show the mid
chest up or maybe just the shoulders, neck and head for a tight close-up.
After the edited shot is launched, the proper area of screen to be covered
is say for example: a half or a 3rd of my screen not 100 percent!
The missing key is to know how to finish the editing process to incorporate
the above. Please help me understand how this is accomplished within Lightroom.
Thanks in advance.
From Lightroom, just export with Resize to Fit turned off. this will export the exact pixel dimensions of your crop. There will be no upsizing or downsizing.
As for viewing your photos and they expand full size, you need to set your photo viewer to view at the actual size if the photo is smaller than full size. There is probably a fit setting you can turn off. If not than you need to use a different photo viewer.
LR will fill the screen display area with the full image until that image is so small, in MP, that to fill the screen it would become pixelated. LR then displays it at 1:1.
So I take it you are working with a large MP image and when you crop something out it is still large enough that it would be larger than the LR display area if 1:1 was selected.
Original image from a Fuji 15MP sensor with Fit selected.
Same image with 1:1 selected.
This is how much I had to crop out so it didn't fill the screen with either Fit or 1:1 selected.
So what you are asking for can't happen, at least not in LR. Your image has to many MP for what you are asking for.