Head On Shots
Shooting Head On
This is actually a really nice way to shoot, if the subject is right and appropriate for head on shots and you line up your camera so the horizon is straight and you have a nice background or create a nice background so we don’t see the room clutter behind then this set up usually creates a winning shot every time.
When you start with this shot, think of a cityscape, if you are having one ‘tower’, use the rule of thirds, place it to the left or right and at the bottom of the frame.
Two or more ‘towers’ think of the cityscape, like New York and have all your elements ending at different heights, try to avoid having the tallest element completely in the centre, instead, place the tallest item to the left or right of the frame.
Negative space at the top and/or side lets your subject both pop and breathe.
Keep gaps irregular between elements it makes it more natural.
Note: I generally leave a lot of negative space when shooting head on, for editorial reasons these images are generally used as an opener for a feature and they need space for text. You don’t need to leave so much room at the top when you shoot!