Portrait Cropping Guide

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More photography links this month.

I started this blog, and this entire website, to highlight things I enjoy, things that give me life.
I meant that to be writing and photography, and maybe a little spirituality lightly sprinkled through all that.  But, I have to admit, lately, there hasn’t been a lot of time or energy in my life for those things.  Oh, spirituality is something I pursue constantly, regardless of my day-to-day circumstances, but the writing and photography have sort of drifted to the wayside a bit.
I blame happiness.
You see, I’ve been fairly content to spend most of my waking hours, when I’m not at work, with my girlfriend who moved in about two months ago.  She certainly adds to my quality of life!  But, I still miss the photography and writing.  So, you all are going to get another month of photography links, because I hope that will inspire me to get that Canon 5D MkII that I was so proud of getting out more often.  My last excuse of needing to install Lightroom and Portrait Professional on the new laptop has been taken care of now, so, I don’t really have any valid excuses for not shooting.  And, now that I’ve probably lost most of my old, saved photos from the past five years, I’m even more motivated to get out shooting!

One thing that I really want to do more is portrait work.
I’ve shot one friend’s family holiday photos for the past several years and I really enjoyed that.  And, I’ve done plenty of street portraits, as I “run and gun” through an event here in Houston.  Now, with a newish girlfriend, I’d really like to get her in front of the camera more.  (Is she still a “new” girlfriend when we’ve been dating for a year and she lives with me now?  Hmmm….)  So, with that in mind, here’s what I hope is the lamest link I have for you this month, the Digital Camera World Free Portrait Cropping Guide.
Since we all know that editing is what makes good photos great, I thought it might be appropriate to share a simple guide to how to, and how NOT to, crop a portrait.  Frankly, I’ve had questions about it and this sets things straight in my head.

Next week, hopefully, something more fun!
(I plead data loss worries for the slow start this month!)