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Guidelines for cropping the human body

Knowing how to compose and edit your portraits can be quite challenging whether in camera or in post processing / cropping the photo. Chopping off at the wrong place like the knees, the ears, or the joints might ruin your shot. Below is an illustration showing: in red the NO - technically wrong cropping places, and in green the YES - good cropping guides.

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When it comes to the headshot, crop in tight along the sides of the face, and cut off the image a little below the end of the hairline, and just below the chins. 

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As for the legs, well crop just above the knees or take the whole thing including the shoes!

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First understand the rules of photography, then break them as part of your creative journey.