Cropping to a fixed size in Lightroom
While I was photographing the eclipse, I didn’t really work too hard to keep the sun centered in the frame. I was using a 300 mm lens on a crop sensor and the sun's image wasn’t so large that I had to be too picky about it, at least in the partial phases where everything else was black. Now that I am working with the photos in Lightroom, I would like to get the sun pretty much in the center and crop so that the sun is the same size in all frames. That way it won’t be jumping all over the place if I do a slideshow. I am not seeing a way to crop to the same number of pixels. I am also not sure how to center the sun, although if I can set a crop frame size I could use the 1/3 lines in that frame. Does anyone have any ideas of how to crop to a fixed size? I mostly use Lightroom, but I do have CS6 as well if that is the best way to go. I just haven’t used it very much so I would have a larger learning curve.
I would probably fix the size based on the location of the sun in the frame where it is closest to the edge. I would want to keep an aspect ratio similar to the camera output, or to a standard print size—I haven’t decided which. My photos aren’t really print-worthy, but they are what I have and I do want to put a little effort into making a nice collection to show family and friends who didn’t go to see the full show.
I also promised to send some photos to a few people who asked while we were watching the eclipse. I will want to make sure I include copyright info (again, not the best photos but I still want them identified as mine). I may also send smaller images. That I do know how to do in several programs.
Anyway, I would appreciate any suggestions about cropping. Any other comments are welcome as well.