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The top of the models head cutoff ?
Old 06-21-2008, 11:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have looked for the answer to this question but had no luck. I see so many beautiful shots from photographers and they also post shots with the top of the models head cut off. Is this done for a reason? Or just that it happened and they still like the way it looks ?

Does it have something to do with the rule of 3rds ?

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Re: The top of the models head cutoff ?
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I can't speak for other photographers but sometimes when I want a really tight headshot that really pops I will zoom in until I am "grazing" the model's hair.

Something you have to remember is the "rules" are not as strictly adhered to as they once were and you will see a lot of creativity out there and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.

This may not be the answer to your question or the one you are looking for but I hope it helps.
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I see so many beautiful shots from photographers and they also post shots with the top of the models head cut off. Is this done for a reason?
Yes. Because it works. What works for a shot in the context in which it will be used is the only "rule" that matters. As the old saying goes, "Rules are for the guidance of wise men and the blind obedience of fools."

What is so critically important about the top of a subject's head that it is required in every shot?

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What is "wrong" with the second image? However, this shot would not work compositionally if the top of her head was cut off:

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I can't speak for other photographers but sometimes when I want a really tight headshot that really pops I will zoom in until I am "grazing" the model's hair.

Something you have to remember is the "rules" are not as strictly adhered to as they once were and you will see a lot of creativity out there and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.

This may not be the answer to your question or the one you are looking for but I hope it helps.
I need to expaned on what I learned in school . They did not spend much time on creativity.
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Yes. Because it works. What works for a shot in the context in which it will be used is the only "rule" that matters. As the old saying goes, "Rules are for the guidance of wise men and the blind obedience of fools."

What is so critically important about the top of a subject's head that it is required in every shot?



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What is "wrong" with the second image? However, this shot would not work compositionally if the top of her head was cut off:

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Thanks you are so right. I see your point she looks beautiful in that shot.
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Old 06-24-2008, 04:38 PM   #6 (permalink)
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A tight crop often leads to a powerful photo when done deliberately. Having said that with so many talking heads on TV, we are simply getting used to the top of a head being cut off. For us follically challenged, it may be a blessing.

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