It makes a big difference.
These are two versions of the same picture of Number One Daughter on the beach somewhere below Houston, Texas in 1987.
This was an Ektachrome slide, and that raggedy, dark looking area at the extreme right of the frame always bothered me.
Not a huge deal, but it bothered me for this reason:
Having shot slides for so many years, I learned to crop my photos in the viewfinder. Because you can't crop slides.
Having prints made from negatives? Crop away, baby. Slides? No can do.
I always thought this was such a cute pic of her when she was a munchkin (she's 21 now) but inside me I just didn't like that bad area on the right.
But being a patient man, and really what else could I have done but live with it, I've lived to where I can scan the slide into digital form and using Photoshop Elements, fix that area that has always bothered me.
Like I said, I've always tried to crop in the viewfinder, and when somthing out of my control happens like that, it can throw the photo out of balance for me.
A small thing, but still, I like the improved version much better. It's what I saw in the viewfinder originally.
Even today with a digital SLR, I rarely crop a photo after taking it. I still try to crop the photo into final form within the viewfinder. Easily 19 out of 20 of my digital photos on this blog are not cropped.
Old habits die hard.