Free portrait photography cropping guide

Free portrait photography cheat sheet: guide to cropping portraits

Portrait photography is challenging for a whole host of reasons. Getting your portrait right in-camera is only half the battle. Knowing how to edit your portraits can be quite difficult when it comes to cropping a photo. Cropping in an awkward position on your subject can end up ruining a perfectly good shot.

In the latest of our photography cheat sheet series of free infographics, we’ve put together this easy guide for understanding some of the best places to crop a subject in a portrait, and some of the places where you should not. ‘Yes’ areas are marked in green, while ‘bad’ locations are marked in red.

Simply drag and drop this free portrait photography cheat sheet on to your desktop and keep it handy for your next photo editing session. And let us know how you got on in the comments!

Free portrait photography cropping guide

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  • jmeyer

    Our pleasure, Harald! Out of curiosity, are there any other things like this that you – or others out there – would like to see illustrated in this manner?

  • jmeyer

    Our pleasure! Any other common conundrums you’d like our talented art editor to have a go at?

  • Luis

    I don’t exactly get it! Can someone explain please! Thanks! :)

  • Paul Danger Kile

    May we re-share this on our blogs?

  • Aj


  • Paul Danger Kile

    OK, that’s too bad.

    Your logo drives new people to your website. In fact that’s how I got here: someone that I was following shared this image on their blog, so I thought, “This Digital Camera World” might be interesting. Without that share, you would have had less readers.

  • KG

    Of course you can, AJ is a nobody, why you even listening to him? lol. Click on his name to find some other wonderful, helpful posts … not!

  • KG

    The line is clearly just above the knee.

  • Shauny Tron Delaney

    These are just aesthetic guidelines “Not Rules”. Like the saying goes, Rules are made to be broken.