Give Them Some Room and the Photos Will Speak for Themselves


Every couple of months, we run back into the Digital Photography School blog and think, “This is so great. We need to visit this site a lot.” And then, like so many birthdates and trips to the store for things, we almost immediately forget. So, for both your benefit, and so we’ll have it here to available to us in the public record, there’s that link, right above. If you’re a terrific photographer who won’t get out of bed for anything less than $20k/hour (sort of like the editors of this site are, except for design blogs), or you just picked out your first digital camera because you were sick of the Dell catalog telling you that you had to, you’ll get something out of the site. It’s just a huge batch of practical information and tips on making your photo ideas work. Like this, from giving your subject room to look:

As a rule (and we all know that they are made to be broken) if the person (and it works with animals too) you are photographing is looking in one direction or even if their head is pointing in that direction it is best to place them on the opposite side of the frame.

You’ll see it best illustrated in the images on this page – in each case the person is not being photographed head on but have their head pointing either to the left or the right. As a result the photographer has given them some space on the side that they are pointing/looking.

The reason for this is that when a person views an image with a person looking in one direction or the other their eyes also are drawn in that direction. In a sense you’re giving the subject of your image some space to look into and in doing so create a natural way for the photos viewer to flow into the photo also.