Idle thoughts 6 ? Placement


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Idle thoughts 6 Placement

14 Jan 2015 8:31AM   Views : 568 Unique : 209

Something else that we say a lot in the Critique Gallery Think about where you put your subject in the frame. Don't just plonk it in the middle.

Central placement can give a sense of strength, stability, power. It is also liable to look static, prosaic, boring, and by blocking the middle of the frame it says 'Keep out', it prevents the viewer's eye from exploring freely.

Placing the subject on one side of the frame is subtler, more inviting, it says 'Come in and wander round'. It allows space.

Experiment, try out the various possibilities. This is one reason for allowing a wee bit of space when you take the shot, and trying different angles, viewpoints; it will let you look at different crops and check out the effects.

Something to look out for: space behind people's heads is often wasted space; space in front of people's eyes is usually good. Same applies to animals, birds, statues...

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JackAllTog Plus
10 5.8k 58 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2015 2:14PM
Thanks for the pointers, I'm always looking for new ways to look at my subjects.
Kind regards

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JJGEE 15 7.7k 18 England
14 Jan 2015 5:33PM
Not sure I understand wasted space behind people's heads.

Are you just talking about left / right in frame as opposed to background, where space can help isolate the person a little just like using a wide aperture to blur the background.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.8k 2149 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2015 5:59PM
No. I feel that space behind a head tends to take the viewer's gaze in the opposite direction to the subject's, and that almost always should be the dominant direction. Follow the subject's eyes and don't include distractions that lead back from that. Does that make sense?
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.8k 2149 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2015 8:32AM
I didn't respond very clearly, to illustrate here are links to a couple of CG uploads - not extreme examples, but the first I came to going back... In both cases cropped off space on the left behind the head.


JJGEE 15 7.7k 18 England
15 Jan 2015 10:08PM
Looking at the images that you linked to I see where you are coming from.

The shot with the child I too would have cropped it but not for the reason you suggest but for getting rid of the marks on the wall.

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