The thing is, why have your subject off centered if it’s not justified? Every decision you make will have an impact. I’ve said it before, each shot must be thought out, and whatever your choice is, it must be motivated. You may not take the best decision, but at least, you are taking one.
What is your story? What message do you want to convey, what are the different elements that compose your shot… what do you wish to capture and why?
This raises a lot of questions that I personally try to answer before I release that shutter. I don’t shoot and crop later, once the image is captured most of the work should be done unless the project needs some heavy compositing or digital enhancements.
Centered composition has been an important part of my photography since I started working regularly with wide angle lenses. They distort and warp your scene and of course, your subject. Unless this is something you are going after the only way to minimize this effect is to center your main focus.
Lauren Kennedy (Toulouse)
What about you, do you center your subjects? No? Why? Tell me in the comments below.