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lets talk headshot cropping
Old 12-10-2004, 06:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok I have always thought I was pretty good at headshots, but after a conversation with a friend and fellow photographer I have begun to wonder about the cropping, some say tighter is better. I try to follow the rule of 3rds and find it difficult when the crop is to tight. I would like your opinions on these 2 headshots that I consider my favorites.

Models are Nikki H from Dallas TX and Alex Arden from Las Vegas




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Re: lets talk headshot cropping
Old 12-10-2004, 06:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Your samples look great. The rule of thirds is not written in stone though. If you crop real tight you create a drama that transcends this rule. OTOH with a real tight crop the focus is usually on the eyes, or maybe the lips, and they might end up at thirds.
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Old 12-10-2004, 08:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I agree. Cropping is not set in stone. Sometimes it's personal preference. For me, I would have cropped these two just a little tighter on the bottom. Take out a lot of white on the first one and just under her hair on the second one.

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Re: lets talk headshot cropping
Old 12-10-2004, 09:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Good spirit and energy in the shots.

I'd crop the first much tighter behind her so that she has more space for her gaze, less empty space behind her -- no one ever looks behind the model

The second deserves to be tighter, as someone said, but the flat back of the hand and wrist shouldn't be shown to the camera, they could be turned 90 degrees to slim them down and drop the reflectance.

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better or worse?
Old 12-11-2004, 01:55 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Ok here is Nikki cropped tighter.

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Old 12-11-2004, 02:13 PM   #6 (permalink)
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thanks Lynn,

Great advice, I agree about the hand in Alex's shot, everything else was the way I wanted it, but the more I looked at it the more I saw the hand. Maybe I looked to much?


Awesome shot of Micah, was very disapointed to hear she retired. I would have loved to have the chance to shoot with her.




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Old 12-11-2004, 04:52 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks, Brian. And yes, Micah was awesome!

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that's getting there -- now throw caution to the winds, be bold, crop like you mean it...

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I like that better... Here is one of Devyn from today

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A cropping excercise...
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One trick is to cut a couple of large "L" shaped pieces of thin black cardboard and use them to vary the cropping while looking at the image. Sometimes a better crop can be discovered by playing around a bit.

I'll pass on commenting on image one. I don't really care for the chin area.

In image 2, it's very tempting to leave the lower portion of the image intact to show that breast area. But I think a stronger crop is a horizontal crop at about her wrist level that eliminates all that lower portion. That would make the image wider than taller. A little toning down of the back of the hand would keep the viewer's eye from being pulled off her face. I think the hand is just a bit too hot otherwise.

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