I know this photo has some technical issues (trying to keep subjects away from the background - seriously tangent here but why do people think you need to lean against a wall.....not that this room had tons to move in but still argh)
anyway back on topic. For shots like this how do you figure out where ROT should lie?
cc on the photo itself welcome (besides sitting to close to background haha). little done in ps, just acr fixes).
ss1/60 (speedlight bounced right) f/4 iso200
crop 1 (both mom/dad eyes hit the two top rot cross points)
crop2 (dad/child eyes hit the two left rot cross points)
ds1 Evan ds2 Adam
The ROT is a guideline but photography is art and because of that there is no set rule on this. You have to go with your aesthetic taste to a certain degree. I prefer the first crop that you did because in the second dad's arm is not showing which makes mom's arm look bigger IMO.
I like the 1st crop better for the same reason.
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When working with groups, you're looking for overall balance. The strict rule of thirds thing just doesn't apply.
In a group photo, you don't have just one subject that you're trying to get into a third..you have many subjects that need a pleasing and balanced composition. ROT does not apply in the same way....however, you do want to get as many eyes in cross-sections as possible....if that makes sense.
In this instance, the first crop is much better....much more balanced and pleasing. The other crop feels awkward and unbalanced.
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