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Professional Portrait Photography Composition Tip – Crop off The Top of Your Subject's Head

In the previous article our pro tip for better portraits was not to leave too much headroom in your pictures. Here’s another technique that takes the point even further, here you actually cut off a portion from the top of your subjects head while you compose your picture.

Professional Portrait Photography Composition Tip
Professional Portrait Photography Composition Tip

It sounds weird right? Ya I know but this technique really does works so well that it’s one technique that most fashion / portrait shooters rely on when they need to fill the frame with the subject’s head. When done right, cropping off the top of the subjects head helps focus the attention of the viewers to the subjects face and eyes and thus produces a very compelling look.

However there is one thing that you need to pay attention to while trying this technique; you should never cut off your subject’s chin. It is pretty ok to cut off the top of your subject’s head, shoulders, side of their arms, hair etc. people see such pictures all the time and are used to it. But if you cut off part of your subject’s chin it would make for a very uncomfortable composition.

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