The moment you put your eye up to the viewfinder, you have a choice of where you put your subject(s). In that little rectangle it doesn't seem like there are many options, but what you choose has a big impact. Are you looking to be traditional? Artsy? Bold?
You may have heard of "the rule of thirds." Basically, it is an element of design which suggests that an image is most pleasing when divided into thirds and the subject is placed where the lines intersect. See the examples below and how the subjects' faces are in, or close to where the grids meet?
The cool thing about this "rule," is that is a simplified version of the golden ratio. Have you ever seen the following?...
While implementing the rule of thirds really does produce a cool-looking image, that doesn't mean a picture is unattractive when the subject is placed in the middle. It's nice and traditional, and I still love cropping that way! My opinion is that while you're snapping, it's a good idea to take shots in all kinds of ways and not discount a good, old-fashioned "middle crop." When placing your subject in the middle, be sure to place equal space on all sides. The first picture in the next example has nice and even spacing around her. The second picture has her cut off at the ankle and her placement just seems... weird. "Just say no" to awkward cropping!
So... what's left in the world of composition? Well, the experimental part! I love cropping and having fun with it. Do crazy things with the subject in your viewfinder... maybe you'll like it! In this example, I had my model (my beautiful and amazing sister-in-law), close her eyes. The second is obviously my experimental edit. It's fun, and just a little crazy... but I like it! This is where you just have FUN with it.
Feel free to break the rules. I ALWAYS get fairly close to the subject and am not afraid to crop off the tops of their heads! I not only love how it looks, but I actually consider this a signature "look" of my brand. So don't be afraid to take some risks!
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