Struggling to understand/practice composition

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BGD300V1 Senior Member • Posts: 2,472
Re: You are responsible for the framing

PerAE wrote:

Mark Scott Abeln wrote:

PerAE wrote:

So these are fine then?

As a photographer, you basically own, and are responsible for, everything within the frame, including the frame itself.

For example, here you have the subject centered in the frame, which is closely cropped to the top and bottom of the subjects, but there are ‘wings’ on both sides, where there is much more space between the subjects and the edges. Visually or logically, that is hard to justify. I would crop the sides to make the spaces more uniform.

Something like this? Doesn’t that look too “tight”?

That looks good.  There is nothing wrong with some negative space.  I like to leave some extra in the direction that the subject is looking so they don't look like they have their nose pushed up against the frame   I just tried to crop that same image. and came up with

Sometimes I leave a lot to show the subject in it's environment.

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