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Nov 06, 2012 18:09 |  #1

This is a senior photo and they would like an 8x10 print. btw, this is SOOC, I know I have work to do on image quality :) The problem is that with this shot full length I don't have room for an 8x10 crop. The best I can do crops him off at the ankles, which I won't do.

I could crop a little tighter and crop below the knee which is better. But since they like the image aren't they expecting full length?

Or I could add some canvas to preserve the full length but then there is quite a bit of negative space left and right.

What would you do?

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Nov 06, 2012 18:16 |  #2

Just from moving it around on my monitor, I'd go for halfway between ankle and knee, OR all the way up to the second visible button, if you can crop that much and keep the IQ.


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Nov 06, 2012 18:22 as a reply to LV Moose's post |  #3

Expand the canvas and use the rule of thirds.


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Nov 06, 2012 18:56 as a reply to bmang11's post |  #4

I agree, expand the canvas.

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Nov 06, 2012 19:04 as a reply to BobG's post |  #5

Yeah, that doesn't look bad at all... Disregard my previous thoughts :)


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Nov 06, 2012 19:06 |  #6

For portraits, I always leave extra room so that I can make them 8x10's since that's likely the size they will end up. You need to figure out how to see what fits in 8x10 in the viewfinder or you'll run into a situation where you can't fix it.


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Nov 06, 2012 19:06 |  #7

Is that a halo or a head cover of some sort?




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Nov 06, 2012 19:29 as a reply to tmwag's post |  #8

OK how is this? Pretty simple fix with this image, but good advice to shoot wider.

No halo, it's the hair light.

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Nov 07, 2012 03:08 |  #9

BobG wrote in post #15215935external link
I agree, expand the canvas.

Thats better than chopping the poor lad off at the knees! But maybe crop a bit tighter top and bottom.

Also consider a sitting pose next time, to make the subject fit the 8 x 10 frame better.


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Nov 07, 2012 08:18 |  #10

Personally I'd place him more to the left of the frame, leaving more negative space in front of him.


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Nov 07, 2012 08:34 |  #11

yep expand the canvas to the right + above then crop to move him to the left of frame so he's placed per the 'golden ratio'


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Nov 07, 2012 13:34 as a reply to Rai33's post |  #12

Sounds good. I will adjust to the thirds and see how it looks. Thanks.


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Nov 07, 2012 13:58 |  #13

Expanding the canvas is a no brainer. Don't forget to light peoples feet.


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Nov 07, 2012 22:05 |  #14

There are two cropping options;
A) as suggested add canvas, with subject off center for full length.
B) crop just at crotch. (actually the first highlighted wrinkle in his pants below the zipper)
Again a bit off center.

Tim, I think the shoes have just about the right amount of light. Especially when shooting on a black background. The front of his pants legs look fairly evenly lit.


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