Regarding portraits - to crop ear or not? And how?

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maboleth
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Regarding portraits - to crop ear or not? And how?
May 21, 2011

Very often I get to the point where I have to decide whether to crop the ear of the person I photographed or not. If I do decide to do a partial ear crop, next big question is - where should I stop?

The thing is, there's a "joints rule" that says - don't ever crop the hands/legs at the joints or you risk "amputated" look.

But what about the ears? Is there any "rule", where and what to crop, what to avoid?
Thanks.

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