5 Essential Tips for Getting Your Head Around Framing

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When we talk about framing our photos the first thing that may come to mind is how the image will be displayed – but there is another type of framing that you can focus on when taking your shots that can be equally as effective at doing the same job!

Understanding how to successfully frame your image will result in a much more focused shot that naturally draws your eye to the main point of interest.

The world is literally full of objects that make for perfect natural frames. Your mission if you choose to accept it: hunt down these frames and create the most mind blowing images known to man.

Understand Your Focal Point

Being clear on your subject and the story you are telling is the first rule when it comes to framing. Once you know what you are trying to achieve you can focus on leading the viewer’s eye towards the main focal point. Frame the image appropriately, and you will not only draw the eye into the picture, you will also help to keep it there for longer.

Fill Your Frame

One of the most common mistakes of newbie photographers is not filling the frame with their subject or the major elements of the image. The viewer shouldn’t have to squint to make out the subject – it should be obvious! Yes background and negative space can work wonders for some images, but you are much more likely to achieve that wow factor if your shots are filled with interest.

Give the Image Context

Framing can add context to an image. Utilizing natural frames such as windows, brides, an overhanging tree, or even another person, gives the viewer a glimpse into the history and culture of your location and environment. Whether you want to share the local architecture through the use of an archway or convey a sense of the great outdoors with foliage in the foreground, bringing context to your shots will make them far more visually appealing.

Keep it Simple

Sometimes simplicity is the best route to take. Remove anything within the frame that doesn’t help you to tell your story – if it doesn’t support your subject, get rid of it. Trying to include too much within your image can end up spoiling it, as a cluttered image causes the eye to dart around attempting to identify the key focal point. Less really is more!

Don’t Amputate

Last but by no means least, never amputate your subject. This has got to be one of the worst crimes of photography. Always be aware of the edges of your frame, and only ever cut off part of your subject if it is intentional. Missing body parts not only ruin the overall composition of an image, they also make the image appear incomplete. If you decide to make a crop, make sure we know that you meant to!

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