Framing your subject up for a portrait can sometimes be difficult. Should you get closer? Further? Cropping in close is particularly challenging because you don’t want to change it in such a way that it looks like your subject is missing limbs. A poorly cropped photo can make all the difference when it comes to portraits. To help you out, here’s a little cropping guide shown from Digital Camera Worldthat shows where to crop and where not to crop. Green lines mean it’s a good place for the edge of the frame, red means it’s a bad place:

Remember, you can always crop in, but you can’t crop out. So it doesn’t hurt to pull out just a bit when taking your shots. That way you have a little wiggle room during post.

portrait cropping guide by Spencer seastrom