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<p>I am not good at them.  But here's one from the folk festival last year.</p>
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<p>A HS friend of mine, taken on Monday.  He did not care for it, but I love it.  One thing I constantly need to work on is removing clutter from my images, and I feel that I succeeded with this.  Plus, I feel it us a strong graphic image - you can not miss the shape and form of his face.</p>
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<p>This is my DD two weeks ago, an actual portrait session where I was concentrating on getting the lighting correct.</p>
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<p>And my son on a vacation last summer.</p>
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<p>In the class that I took, one of the things that we learned about shooting people is to not let the image cut them where they bend.  In other words, don't cut their arms at the elbow, their legs at the knees & don't cut them at the waist.  Either adjust so that the image ends just above or just below.</p>
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<p>The photo below is just a simple shot of The Baby Anna on the kiddie slide at the playground.  I <span style="text-decoration:underline;">almost</span> really like it, but not quite.  I'm wondering if the issue is that I cut her at her waist.  Any thoughts?</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Sputnik</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/68983/portraits#post_1927350"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>In the class that I took, one of the things that we learned about shooting people is to not let the image cut them where they bend.  In other words, don't cut their arms at the elbow, their legs at the knees & don't cut them at the waist.  Either adjust so that the image ends just above or just below.</p>
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<p>The photo below is just a simple shot of The Baby Anna on the kiddie slide at the playground.  I <span style="text-decoration:underline;">almost</span> really like it, but not quite.  I'm wondering if the issue is that I cut her at her waist.  Any thoughts?</p>
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I have come back to this a few times - maybe not because she was cut at the waist, but because one hand is cut off?</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Litchfield Hills</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/68983/portraits#post_1928186"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><br><br><p><br>
I have come back to this a few times - maybe not because she was cut at the waist, but because one hand is cut off?</p>
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Maybe that's it.  I attended a seminar from a well-known Australian wedding photographer and his rule about cropping hands is that if you crop above the elbow, it's okay, but below the elbow you must include the hand. </p>
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<p>It is a lovely photo of Anna, so maybe try another crop just above both elbows and see what you think?</p>
 

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<p>I think you guys are right.  It's the missing hand.  Interesting rule about including the hand if you include the elbow. </p>
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<p>I wonder if the same applies to knees & feet.  When photographing a person standing, is it okay to crop above the knee but when including the knee or below you should also include the feet?</p>
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<p>In this specific instance, I played around with dropping above her left elbow.  But, when I do that I lose her right hand.  By the time I get above both her elbows, it just looks funny - her torso's too short!!  Thanks for the feedback.</p>
 

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<p>Interesting - on one of my roads/trails pics this last weekend, I tried to catch a couple kinda' enjoying each other's company on cement abutment along the pier.  But trying to do it in a discreet manner led me to cutting them in half essentially.</p>
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<p>I thought it was going to be one of the first ones into the dumper, but there's something oddly alluring to the tangle of legs to the side</p>
 

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<p>This is my all time favorite.  This was shot by my Mother Inlaw.  She took photography as a hobby.  How she managed to get this one during a soccer game is beyond me.  BTW, it's my DD. </p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Sputnik</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/68983/portraits#post_1928387"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I think you guys are right.  It's the missing hand.  Interesting rule about including the hand if you include the elbow. </p>
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<p>I wonder if the same applies to knees & feet.  When photographing a person standing, is it okay to crop above the knee but when including the knee or below you should also include the feet?</p>
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<p>In this specific instance, I played around with dropping above her left elbow.  But, when I do that I lose her right hand.  By the time I get above both her elbows, it just looks funny - her torso's too short!!  Thanks for the feedback.</p>
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<p>Maybe try a vertical crop at 4:5?<br>
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<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Sputnik</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/68983/portraits#post_1928387"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-right:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-bottom:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I think you guys are right.  It's the missing hand.  Interesting rule about including the hand if you include the elbow. </p>
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Hand/elbow/whatever discounted for a moment.  I love the color/darkness of the slide, not bright sunlight, etc. contrasting with her lovely soft skin.   Was this shot in the evening, or was there shade?<br>
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Hand/elbow/whatever discounted for a moment.  I love the color/darkness of the slide, not bright sunlight, etc. contrasting with her lovely soft skin.   Was this shot in the evening, or was there shade?<br>
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<p>Thanks.  I really liked the contrast too.  There's a lot of shade at that particular playground.  But, it was also late afternoon / early evening.  I'm thinking that the sun might've already sunk below the the adjacent buildings.  I remember that I took some pics of a bully actually pushing a smaller kid down that same afternoon.  I seem to remember the setting sun in the background of that one. <br>
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<p>My favorite subject ...  The Baby Anna against an over exposed sky.</p>
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