Nov 18, 2011

Cropping at the Joints

 Ballet is really hard to photograph.
REEALY hard to photograph. 
I tried it a few weeks ago, and didn't do very well.

It was dark.
People were moving fast.
And I kept zooming in too close and cropping off fingers, hands, or feet.

That is one essential thing when you are composing a photo.
DON'T crop your photo at a person's joint. Anything...elbows, wrists, fingers, knees, ankles! 
Why? Because it makes something look wrong. Doesn't the below photo look a bit weird?

Lovely, just lovely... I cut off 2 wrists and 3 ankles. :(

Really love this photo... but is pretty much ruined...look at her arms. I cropped the photo at her wrists. :( 
And their faces are blurry. *sigh* 

Well, I got a few decent photos which I'll be posting soon....
but the lesson to learn is:
It looks weird.


  1. Would this apply to chicken/turkey food photos as well? ;) Thank you for this great tip!

  2. Hm...actually I'm not sure, but looking back at some of your photos of "whole" chickens, I don't think it is so important on food. But it's probably a good thing to keep in mind anyway!