I have a multi-stage approach.
I have my camera set up with a rule-of-thirds grid in the viewfinder, with my focus point typically around the top left or top right intersection.
Then I take lots of photos to get one shot - sometimes 50 or 100.
I’ll go through them in Lightroom looking for the ones where my subjects are interacting with each other or the camera, where there’s a story and emotion to what they’re doing.
Then I’ll crop using one of the Lightroom composition overlays. I use the spiral a lot, and then diagonals or rule of thirds.
This picture was cropped using the spiral.
Here’s a slightly more detailed Golden Ratio spiral overlaid onto it:
Interestingly in this case the spiral also works in the other main orientations
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