Framing is one of the important composition technique used in photography. In this week’s session, let’s explore more on framing our pictures.
First why “Frame”? Well, the 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 an atmosphere in your picture such a way that viewer concentrates more on your intended subject. Successful frames guide your viewer into your subject.
So let’s look at how to create an 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 an 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.
More examples of 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 the below images and the captions carefully.
Interesting? Yes, they are. Always remember… the 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.
- 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!)
- Let me know type of camera(mobile, dslr, point and shoot)
- Try to put exif data (shutter speed, aperture, ISO) so that I can comment better unless you shot the picture on mobile phone.
- Add a tag ‘XDrivePhoto’
- Add a ping back to this post. (Basically copy the URL of this post, and paste to your post. (Anywhere)
- 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!