Have you ever noticed when you watch movies and tv shows, when the camera gets in really close to the person of interest, they don’t show their entire head? The directors don’t want to waste space showing several inches of hair on top, they want the faces framed and often go mid-forehead to accentuate the emotion on the actors face. In other words, they chop off their heads (as my mom likes to say). I notice that ALL the time in movies, and now I’m almost watching to see if that rookie director will show the full head on a close up. Just to see if he/she hasn’t figured it out yet. Sometimes I wish I could turn off my photographer brain in movies.
I only recently figured it out, and its something that I still struggle with–the artistic crop. The great thing is…if you don’t get it when shooting, you can crop after the fact on the computer.
You have to really think creatively, sometimes use a tilt, go vertical instead of horizontal, zoom in to just a hand, or cut off part of a face. This engagement session was one I really loved. In this shot below, I loved the expression on the girls face, but the guy had his eyes closed funny. I couldn’t completely get rid of the image, so I thought I’d see how a crop would look cutting it below his eyes and I loved it even more!
It hones in on her lovely facial expression and shows that he is there, but the focus is her. Love her eyes.
Here is a crop I did of my son for a portrait in our home.
Brings the focus to his happy face. I moved down on his head, and made it a square. There is no right or wrong way to crop, but you can get a nice creative effect from cropping in unique ways.
A lot of photographers do what is called “the tilt.” Instead of taking a photograph with a right angle–squared to the person and parallel to the ground, tilt your camera just a bit to add more character to the image. You can tell there is a tilt more with a pull back image, where you can see a horizon or reference point. In this image below, you can tell there is a tilt because the edge of the bed is at an angle.
Adds a bit more interest than the bed being parallel to the edge of the image.
Another…see the barn is tilted…the horizon is at an angle in the field.
WARNING–if you are a photographer and do this, some people don’t like it. They don’t see the art in it, and get annoyed if something is tilted or chopped. You have to decide to either a) Don’t crop in camera, and keep an original file when you crop on computer or b) say this is your art and you think it looks best this way and won’t change. I haven’t come across it a lot, but some are just more traditional.
One more–the bald man’s crop. He does not want to see the top of his head. If you take a picture and can help it at all, crop in close so you/he won’t see the top of his head! I know from loving a bald man, they don’t want to see the lack of hair up there. Images cropped in close = makes them happy.
Now go crop creatively and link up so I can see!
P.S. Thanks for the comments last week! I was beginning to think I was losing you. It was fun to check out a bunch of your blogs and get to know those of you that I’m talking to each week:) I love making new friends.
P.S.S. If someone REALLY wants to make my day, they can make me something like THIS. SO stinkin’ cool, and they can even squeek!
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