Have you ever thought of “Framing” your shot? We never think twice about putting a photo in a frame to display it on a wall, desk or table. Why not take it a step further and frame your shot in the camera also.
is the technique of drawing attention to the subject of your image by blocking other parts of the images with something in the scene.
Benefits of Framing Photos:
- Context - Telling something about the place where you’re taking the photo. Telling about the architecture of an archway for example.
- Focal Point - frames can draw your eye into your focal point of the photo. Some believe that a frame in the photo not only draws attention to your subject but keeps it there longer.
- Sense of depth - Putting something in the foreground will add extra dimension to your shot.
Here are examples of different framing techniques
In the Set of photos above I show how framing your subjects can draw the eye to your subject. It causes a sense of depth for your photos.
Now your frame doesn’t need to completely go around your subject in your image. It might only frame one or two edges of your shot. Frames for your photo come in all shapes and sizes. Try shooting through branches, windows, tunnels, arches or doors. You can even use people as your frame.
Now when to frame and when not to frame, that is the question? Well just ask yourself ‘will this add to my photo or will it be distracting?’ if your photo looks too cramped and cluttered I would lose the framing shot, but it could mean the difference between just another shot of the castle or a stunning new view that people have never seen before.
Finally, you will have to decide if your frame will be in focus or out of focus. Does the detail of the frame help tell the story or do you want the focus to go through the frame and out past the subject.