A Photo a Week Challenge: Off-Center

One of the cardinal rules of photography is to not place your main subject in the middle of your frame. It’s all part of that asymmetry stuff that you learned in high school art classes. If you’ve found a photo with a dead-centered subject that you love, but it doesn’t look quite right, try cropping it with your subject off-centered and see if you like it more. The beauty with digital is that you can try several different ways to see what looks the best and even ask family, friends, or perfect strangers which they like the most.


Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.
  3. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

48 thoughts on “A Photo a Week Challenge: Off-Center”

  1. I’m with Marylin here. Off-centre can work. But dead-centre can work, too. But you’re right – digital photography allows for experimentation. I have a friend who insists on analog photography if she takes “serious” photos (whatever that is supposed to mean, in her case, I think, it’s shots she thinks about first) – which is ok I guess, if you do photos of non-moving subjects. But I prefer the freedom that editing gives me. Who says that the after-processing is less creative than the actual taking of a photo?
    And your portrait in landscape format looks great!

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