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Pat Harry
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/26/2006

Composition Question

My son wants to give my parents a portrait for Christmas, and he asked me to take the picture. I typically photograph "things" and use natural light. I'm very interesting in learning more about lighting and people, but I have a long way to go.

Anyhow, here's my portrait of my son. It doesn't follow the rule of thirds - his eyes are a bit above the middle of photo. If I wanted to get them closer to the top third, I'd crop Jason's head. Which is better - leave it as it is, or crop to allow the eyes to be closer to the top third?

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12/18/2010 4:37:22 PM

Pat Harry
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/26/2006
  Sorry about the duplicate.

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12/18/2010 6:31:36 PM

Carlton Ward
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/13/2005
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Hi Pat,
I always leave plenty of room for cropping when shooting portraits as my format is naturally set to fit an 8 x 12 print so I need to crop 2 inches at the top or bottom or a little on both ends to be resized for an 8 x 10.
This will also allow for some leeway with positioning the eyes in the frame to your liking.
Here is a recent portrait I took and this is the 8x10 cropped version :)
Hope this helps,

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12/18/2010 7:24:44 PM

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