The photo gallery below shows what good crops are, based on the common guide. We have highlighted in green where you should crop.
But, if we decided that the picture was more interesting for geometrical reasons (The upper lines) we could remove distraction using Adobe Photoshop. Now the model is the center of attention, the eyes are no longer wandering…
Tell the story, put more drama, more joy, more emotion in your portraits by cropping to show your model’s eyes. This will also bring more facial features and put more emotions, more natural feeling in your pictures. Depending on the kind of your portrait you are trying to achieve, this can provide a tremendous help for better photographs.
This is the original picture in which the model have space. The eyes are looking far away, he can breath!
With this tool, try to place your model at one 1/3 of the grid (or its intersection) on one side or another. Try to keep the eyes on the upper grid line, and place the eyes at one of the four intersections. It may seem strange to you, but the first thing your audience should see is your subject, his eyes. Then the whole scene.
This tool is not as popular as the previous ones, but still, you could achieve amazing results with it. If your portrait also emphases on small secondary details, this could help the viewers eyes follow all over every details of compositions like the model’s face and object in his hands or textures and shapes.