When shooting a portrait of someone who's looking off-frame, consider leading the subject. When someone is looking out of the frame, we're more interested in the space that's in front of them than the space that's behind them. Even if we can't see what it is they're looking at, we still want to feel the extra space that sits in the direction they're looking.
When your subject is looking off-frame, it's almost always better to "lead" them. Frame the shot so that we can see in the direction they're looking—even if what they're looking at isn't in the frame.
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