Learn Photography – 7 – Frame your subject.

Framing is one of the important composition technique used in photography. In this week’s session, lets explore more on framing our pictures.

First why “Frame”? Well main purpose of framing is to emphasize our subject in the picture. Please recall from the earlier sessions, I talked about a successful picture is the one where your viewer spends more time! So you have to build a atmosphere in your picture such a way that viewer concentrates more on your intended subject. Successful frames guide your viewer into your subject.

So lets look at how to create a effective frame? Generally framing is achieved by composing the picture such way that one or more edges of your picture intentionally contains other objects to make a frame. It really does not matter how many edges you are able to bring in, you can effectively achieve a frame just by using one edge too. The frames can be made up of anything such as solid structures, trees, shadows or even blurs. Generally the objects by which your frame should not be a not a interesting one, it could be a something more abstract or trivial thing so that viewer’s eye’s should ignore. It’s very important to note that you don’t attract viewers attention to your frame and produce a distraction.

Frames can …

  • Add depth to your picture, you can convert a flat 2D picture to a 3D by adding a frame.
  • Bring in the context to your story or subject.
  • Create a mystery about around your subject.
  • Hide unwanted things in your picture.

Check the following examples and the corresponding captions to understand the concept of framing.

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Frame is done to put the focus on the temple in view and to show that this place is full of architecture!
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Framing is done by the tree branches above to add depth to the image.
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Here framing enhances subject by including the Islamic style arches!
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Framed to bring the focus to the center.

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Framed to bring the context to the subject. (Canon facing the door way)
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One sided framing.

More examples on classic framing applied. Basically available architectural elements used to frame the subject.

 

 

 

Please note the frames could be applied using abstract elements too, there are no specific rules as to what should make up the frame. It could be anything as long as it enhances the subject. Please check below images and the captions carefully.

 

 

 

Interesting? Yes they are. Always remember… ultimate goal is to bring the subject to focus.

Liked this session? Make sure to check out my earlier sessions here.

Now lets frame some shots! Have a question? post it below.


Exercise

  1. Post atleast one or two pictures, keeping today’s topic of “Framing your subject” in mind. Apply all the things we learnt in the previous sessions. (New or old pictures accepted!)
  2. Let me know type of camera(mobile, dslr, point and shoot)
  3. Try to put exif data (shutter speed, aperture, ISO) so that I can comment better unless you shot the picture on mobile phone.
  4. Add a tag ‘XDrivePhoto’
  5. Add a ping back to this post. (Basically copy the URL of this post, and paste to your post. (Anywhere)
  6. Title the post as “XDrive Photo Lesson – 7 – Frame your subject”

Your ping-backs may not appear immediately as I have to enable them later. I will check your post and I will comment on your post itself. I will post selected contribution links to this post later so that others can also see and learn from them. (Please note there is no time limit for your contributions, you can post them any time, I will respond to them as you contribute. You can also make more than one contributions to the same topic)

Although these lessons are geared towards newbies, expert photographers also welcomed hearty. I need to learn too! There are no teachers here everyone is learning.

Cheers and Happy clicking!


Contributions

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2017/08/24/xdrive-photo-lesson-7-frame-your-subject/

https://ameditativejourney.wordpress.com/2017/08/24/xdrive-photo-session-7-frame-your-subject/

https://loisajay1213.wordpress.com/2017/08/25/xdrive-photo-lesson-7-frame-your-subject/

XDrive Photo Lesson 7 – Frame your subject

https://whakaahuablog.wordpress.com/2017/08/29/blurred-and-framed/comment-page-1/#comment-2326

 

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33 Comments Add yours

  1. hati03nisa says:

    Ahh all pics are amazingly beautiful

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    1. Raj says:

      Thank you Hati 🙂

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  2. Krishna KK says:

    Dear , all pics are very amazing. I am also pics lover ..

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  3. mteodoraa says:

    Soo beautiful pictures 😊

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    1. Raj says:

      Thank you so much for you kind appreciation! 🙂

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  4. Very useful tips ..thanks for sharing

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    1. Raj says:

      Thank you for your appreciation … 🙂

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  5. Amazing pics with great tips!! Somehow good photography is bit difficult!!

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    1. Raj says:

      Thanks Tanvir.. actually its not difficult.. only you have to be aware of the possibilities. Then its just ones creativity. I keep saying this .. there is no rules to fallow in photography. 🙂

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      1. Thank you 😊 for the guidance!!

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  6. This is something I never tried but looking at these pictures , I am surely going to try this the way you have mentioned. Incredible post ✌️

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    1. Raj says:

      Thanks Pooja.. learning is unlimited.. but sure do try..it makes big difference in your output. 🙂

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  7. Amy says:

    These are great shots with frames.
    Thank you, Raj for extending the ideas of using lights, dark, blurs, and monochrome to frame photos. Very cool! See you later. 🙂

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    1. Raj says:

      Thanks Amy for liking the idea… yes opportunities are immense when we get the concept .. This is why photography is interesting and addictive hobby.

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  8. InspiresN says:

    Great to lean something new about framing and getting the 3d effect , Thanks for this very useful post!

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    1. Raj says:

      Thanks Nisha for your appreciation.. 🙂

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    1. Raj says:

      Thank you Swapnil .. 🙂

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  9. muminarushlondon says:

    Hi Raj, am I too late to enter? If not, how do I enter? I’m really new at this so completely clueless!
    Thank you- julie

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    1. Raj says:

      You are not late at all.. go though the topics.. and contribute.. there is not time limits.. Just link to the post as per the instruction.. you can post fresh picture or existing ones .. Looking forward to your contribution … 🙂

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  10. Fabulous framing! Love the one sided and the clouds. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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    1. Raj says:

      Thanks Julie for checking my post and your appreciation.. 🙂

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  11. Helen C says:

    I think the first photo on your blurring lesson has the most unique framing (I like that photo a lot); The frame itself is sharp, but the subject is blurring. Not sure if others share the same view…
    Thanks.

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    1. Raj says:

      True, even I like that photo a lot. It was raining too, but later I realized that I should have tried to capture the rain drops falling too… but that I realized it once I got home! Next time I want to try that. 🙂 Thank you.

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  12. Sofie says:

    This is super helpful! Thanks for the info 🙂

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    1. Raj says:

      Thanks Sofia for your appreciation.. 🙂

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