Framing within the photo is one of the one things we should all be trying to do to just make our photography look better. When you look at how professionals take pictures, you can almost always count on this one rule of photography: frame a photo if you can. Let's take a look from a professional and get some ideas of what we are talking about. Mark Laurie has written one of the best articles I know about framing within your photo. Take a read:
Just to be clear, for this article we are not talking about the frame the print goes into, but “framing” your subject with something in the environment. The frame is a part of the scene, so it tells a bigger story and places your subject in context. It also suggests things about the image.
- Don’t skimp. Pull back so you can see what the frame is.
- Keep it square. Frames usually have a geometric shape, so you have to be careful that the lines are level.
- Compose carefully. Your subject can fill the frame or be small in the frame. Make the choice with purpose; each approach gives a different message to the viewer.
- Expose properly. In most cases, the frame should not be so dark as to have no detail or so bright it is washed out.
- Be creative. To create a frame, you just need some space around the subject on the sides. You could frame a child by having her positioned between adults but with some space so she is a little isolated and the adults are cropped out.
- The frame can be artificial. For example, you could hold up a fuzzy heart and shoot an embracing couple through it.
Once you get the hang of framing your subjects, you will be well on your way to creating powerful storytelling images.
About the Author: Mark Laurie is a Master Photographer, international speaker, author and studio mentor (www.InnerSpiritPhoto.com). He teaches extensively in England and Canada. His Revealing Venus Nude & Glamour Photography Workshop is run in Italy. Mark has published 7 books. You can find information on his books, photography, and training on his website.
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