I've lurked the living hell out of some of these threads. And finally, I've found something that has made me want to take my precious time and speak out about it because I feel that it borderline impacts some of the users on here and how they will go along photographing1. The issue extends out farther unto different areas, but I will focus on one. I'll be blunt. I disagree with the general fascist rule of "don't cut joints, limbs, body parts off" [At this point the reader should take a deep breath and reason that there must be some logic behind Burnws6's statement2.] I feel that photography is a completely relative art. And that is an understatement. I do however, agree with something else I've seen on here, which is: Learn the rules, learn the guidelines, learn the Hitler3 ways of your manual, and learn things the textbook way BEFORE you break out of the box and do your own thing. I spend hours of research following up on fashion trends, talking with designers and their photographers, looking through magazines, spending time at brand name mixers and all the bs that you have to sift through to get somewhere in fashion photography. I've seen tons.....and I mean tons, of print ads, published work with heads chopped off, arms cut off, a foot missing here and a ear missing there. And the picture looks fine. Now if you're taking a snapshot of the family of course you want to follow the guidelines, but if you're doing a model shoot, and here comes the important part....PURPOSELY clip or crop a shot to your liking SOOTC....my hat off to you. There is nothing wrong with that. And I would say to ignore those who think it's a big no no. This falls along with a lot of other things, just like this thread: http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/...ub-shoot-b-w-semi-nsfw-critiques-welcome.html And I think christie photo nailed it on the head. You don't need the standard black and white conversion every time. If you know the rules, break them. That's what photography is all about. That's it4. FOOTNOTES 1. Not really, 1 out of 100 people on here will never make photography their main source of income nor will they have any chance of success that matters1a. 1a. A completely made up statistic, that although probably true, has no logic or study behind it. But it adds weight to my argument so be it. 2. The immense irony was not meant. 3. The Hitler remark was solely used as a penetrating analogy. We did not mean to offend any big nosers out there. 4. This thread is merely a rant, and should not be taken as any serious advice, if you disagree with any of the above, by all means let us know. But a big **** YOU in advance.