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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!
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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Know Your Sport
If you’re going to photograph a sporting event you need to know the sport inside and out. We’re not saying you have to play the game yourself or even know all the rules, but you need to understand the strategy of the event, as well as be clear on how everything is going to unfold. You should have the ability to predict your subject’s next move and learn exactly when you need to hit the shutter to get the best results. With sports everything happens in the blink of an eye which means you can’t afford to take your eye of the ball for a second!
Use High ISO
If you’re struggling to get that perfect shot due to poor lighting conditions and fast paced action, raising the ISO to achieve a faster shutter speed may be just what you need. Professional sports photographers use a shutter speed of around 1/1000 of a second which allows them to freeze motion. Take this advice with a pinch of salt though – don’t be afraid to experiment with lower shutter speeds as they can help to emphasize movement and create lots of cool effects.
Shoot in JPG
Normally it’s all about RAW but when it comes to sports photography jpg can be your new best friend. To capture successful shots you’ll need to shoot continuously at maximum buffer speed. While your camera is attempting to process those advanced settings you’ve been shooting with you may miss out on the money shot!
Try Something Different
Just because you’re shooting sports, it doesn’t mean that every photograph has to look the same. Instead of shooting at eye level, try something different and get down low. Lay on the ground if possible! Why? Because shooting from new angles help you to tell the story in a unique and exciting way. Always try to be original when shooting and attempt to approach it in as many new ways as possible. Experimentation allows you to push yourself creatively and flourish as a photographer.
It’s All in the Eyes
The key to photographing sports is including the eyes of the subject. If you can get the eyes in the shot you can’t fail. If you find yourself focusing in on the back of a player, stop and wait for them to turn around first! Eyes show real expression and help to depict emotion within the frame.
Pay Attention to Your Surroundings
Although this can sound like an obvious point to make, you’ll be surprised how many photographers forget about their surroundings because they are too busy focusing on the sport itself. Your surroundings present a unique opportunity to capture the spirit of the game without actually photographing the action! Whether you’re in a bustling stadium full of cheering fans or standing front line at the race track, pay attention to what’s going on around you.