I am often asked about the differences between real work scenarios. versus tutorials or school project assignments.
The main difference I see is that real work scenarios are often far less monumental and fine-art artworks, than some would have you believe. They are often simply image manipulation/color correction and/or retouching that needs to be done professionally, efficiently and most importantly - quickly. Oh yeah... there is also no plug-in or filter that will accomplish the request.
The example that I am posting is a typical everyday challenge. Someone has designed a pamphlet, it has been approved, BUT someone (usually a boss) wants to "see" some other examples of COVER image choices. Images are searched for (either out of our in-house, photography libraries or stock houses) and presented to that someone. The final choice often-times does not either fit the crop, or is less appropriate for the initial intended visual sentiment.
But nonetheless, it is preferred. So... it lands on your desk - and is due to be released in an hour.
In this instance, the crop takes away from the emotive quality of the shot and the "caring" sentiment of the pamphlet.
The solution. Bend the woman down closer to the man (most likely her husband). Make her appear as if she is looking more at him and less out at the camera (in other words, foreshorten her face). Pull his blanket up - cause it definitely has to be in the crop, to show that he is sick. We also want his hands and the kleenex. So... 1. He is sick, 2. She is caring for him and 3. She is compassionate and close.
That done. Ink hits the press. Pamphlets are distributed. The original design message is retained and in a few months - maybe a year - they will be in a landfill (or better yet - recycled) and a new pamphlet will be being distributed.