Okay, so I have heard when photographing someone to not "cut off" their limbs (i.e. hands and feet). But, I was looking at a magazine cover that cut a model off at the mid thigh level. This got me thinking... There are tons of shots there that don't show a person's whole body, yet this rule of cutting people's limbs off still applies. As far as composure, how can you tell when you're cutting limbs off, or simply getting in tight on the subject? For example, my avatar shows me with my head on my hands, but my elbows are cut out. I know this is a no-no, yet how am I supposed to get a close shot without cutting off my elbows? Does this make any sense? I know there's some ideas or "rules" to follow for this, but right now, I can't tell when I'm going to be cutting off limbs and making a crummy shot or when I'm just zooming in close and getting a great shot.