Amputations

When shooting divers, fish and other identifiable subjects, there is an element of composition to consider called 'amputation'.

In land photography there are guidelines which advise that you don't crop a portrait of a person across the neck, just below the elbow or just above the wrist. If you want an upper body shot, it is usually best to stop at the waist with the hands and arms included. If you crop lower, it appears that the subject's legs have been cut off. It's no different underwater.

Just remember the TC system — think and consider. If you are shooting a fish portrait, consider what to include or to leave out. If in doubt include a little more than you think — it can be cropped later on the computer.

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