Struggling to understand/practice composition

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CptAmerica Senior Member • Posts: 1,046
Re: Struggling to understand/practice composition

PerAE wrote:

CptAmerica wrote:

Not quite done yet. Try and keep about this number of pixels in your picture, but see if you can move her head UP in the picture a little bit. Put her eyes about where her bangs currently end... 2 or 3" up. There is a TAD too much dead space above her head... just a pinch. But don't bring those bottom fingers back in, and don't bring any window back in from the right... If you lose a little sweater, no biggy.

Like so? (Lost a few pixels to avoid the fingers coming back)

BOOM! Much better. We didn't lose any of her pose, we didn't lose the idea she's looking out of a window and we are MUCH more sucked in to the person... the eyes. Even though the window sitting out along the left detracts your attention from the face a little? It doesn't really bother me.
This is a good example of a picture where there could have been a lot better compositional setup through the view finder (if there were actually time to do so, and you could actually stand higher...)... but you have to do the best with what you've got, in post.

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