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The Enthusiast's Guide to Composition by Khara Plicanic

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23. FRAME AND CROP CAREFULLY

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WHEN COMPOSING PORTRAITS, it’s generally a good idea to get close to your subject so you can really see their face and the nuances of their expression. And because you can’t get close and still fit their whole body in the frame, it’s inevitable that part of their body will have to be cut out. The question is, where do you cut?

While many of the rules of photography revolve around some general concepts and loose ideas that are always open to interpretation (it’s art, after all), the guiding doctrine on where and how to crop people is pretty solid: stay away from the joints. In other words, don’t cut someone off precisely ...

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