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learning-composition-framing

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…

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There are so many opportunities for framing: windows, doorways, tunnels. But it doesn’t stop there.

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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).

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Sometimes you can even use a frame! (styling by Charlotte Love)

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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.

sun down, look up

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Just a few pictures of some buildings in Trieste as the sun went down.

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I decided that this #1day12pics I would use my DSLR as I have been using my phone a little bit too much. I didn’t manage to get all my photos on my real camera, with the beginning, middle and end being on my phone. Another relaxing Saturday in Trieste with pancake making, walks, gelato and an evening out with friends.

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steller stories challenge

steller stories challenge

A little while ago I downloaded Steller Stories and then several weeks later posted my first story, which has been my only story. I really love the app, it kind of feels like a more involved version of Instagram. Plus, it is a great way to practise the art of a photo project too. But I wanted to get more up there. So I decided to create a ‘Steller Stories Challenge’ for myself with a prompt for each week in November. But I thought you could join me too!

>>>Weekly challenges<<<

Week 1: Beautiful day

Week 2: Breakfast shouldn’t be boring

Week 3: My favourites

Week 4: Leave your suggestions and I’ll announce my favourite prompt the week before!

I am going to try and post my app by Sunday but as with most of my challenges they are pretty relaxed so join in whenever.

If you haven’t used the app before it is really easy. Kind of like making a photo album online with a company like Blurb or Artifact Uprising. There are some template options, you can change fonts, etc. You can also edit your story once you are done so you don’t have to worry if you make any mistakes. Plus the team is really helpful if you post on twitter with a question. I had responses via email within a very short time!

I’d love if some people would join me. If you are on Steller leave your username in the comments and I will come find you. I am @mycreative. Also tag your photo with #mycreativesteller so I can find your project.

Give me your thoughts on the app too.

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#1day12pics | november

1day12pics announcement for september

Another month has rolled on by and that means that #1day12pics is coming up this weekend! The official day is Saturday 1 November but you can join in whenever you want.

I am not sure exactly where I will be on Saturday as it is a long weekend here (Friday and Monday off) or what I will shoot on but maybe I will go back to a dslr this week, or maybe even film …

Do you have any ideas? Let me know if you are planning a theme or will be somewhere exciting for the weekend?

Link Up


#1day12pics is a monthly collaboration between MYcreative and Emma Davies Photography.

colour seasons for mycreative blog

I am currently doing the Blog Boss ecourse from Decor8 and am feeling super inspired by it. We all get into creative slumps and I felt mine had stuck around to long so when I saw this course was available I jumped on it. I had heard so many good things about Holly’s previous courses so knew I was onto something good.

Several things have stood out for me so far (and it is only half way):

Colour Psychology

not the quirky thing from the 80s which told you what colours you should wear but really just a way of categorising personalities or (in this case) brands. It is totally changing the way I am looking at my blog and what I want to do with it! If you want to find out about it head over to The Brand Stylist where there are several posts on the subject.

Time management

I don’t have a very busy life but don’t seem to get stuff done so I asked Holly who blogs almost daily, has a new baby, writes books etc how she does it. Her answer was really simple and definitely something I am looking into incorporating into my blog and other aspects of my life. When a window of time presents itself just aim to get one thing done. I find that I always think “I have so much to do” panic and do nothing so I think this simple approach will help (although internal struggles might continue).

The picture above is the one project that I needed to get done before going away for the weekend (off to Ljubljana!). I had to make a mood board of my blog’s ‘season’ for my homework for the course. It was so fun doing a physical moodboard with objects I might get addicted. Admittedly I did spend the bulk of the morning handlettering my blog name which was fun. As you can see I have already made some changes around here but there is a little way to go. I am really excited about!

Do you find these helpful? Share with me what has inspired you this week. I would love to know!