Okay so it took me a while to get to the next ‘lesson’ but better late than never, right?
In the last lesson I noted
“composition helps us to highlight our subject. When rules aren’t followed the subject might have to compete for attention with other items in the frame therefore diminishing the ‘quality’ of your picture. Obviously rules are also meant to be broken but knowing the rules means you can be intentional about breaking them.”
This time around I am looking at framing. Framing is simply using something to ‘frame’ your subject and therefore draw the eye to them. This idea started long before photography in paintings where the subject(s) are often placed in windows, door frames or arches.
Lets look at some photographs as examples…
There are so many opportunities for framing: windows, doorways, tunnels. But it doesn’t stop there.
Also look for frames that are a little different. Go for something a bit subtle. Or go for a more unusual shape. Use people and anything that is around you. (Necklace by Lotts and Lots).
Sometimes you can even use a frame! (styling by Charlotte Love)
Framing your object obviously doesn’t happen every time you take a picture. However, if there is a frame opportunity happening make sure you make the most of it. The photo above could have been better if I had shifted so that both subjects sat in the doorway.
What do you think?
Do you use framing? Share an image where you have used framing in an interesting way.