25 Images Using Framing in Composition – Weekly Inspiration



By lagusa

Framing in composition

This week I want to showcase some images that use framing in composition to create a successful image. It is one of the most difficult elements to master, but one of the most important in terms of create depth in your images. In a nutshell this is what frame is all about:

  • adding a foreground object into your scene that frames, or helps highlight your subject
  • sometimes involve stepping back from your original composition and looking for elements to use as a frame
  • usually using a shallow depth of field to put the foreground, framing element out of focus
  • the frame is there to set the scene, and draw the viewer into the image


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  • Raghavendra

    Many people do not pay attention to this. Wonders can be done from this article.


  • Da

    Oh…. that’s how it should be done. I’ll get there… eventually.

    Excellent series. many thanks

  • Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Jota

    Mine is not so bad, isn’t it ?


  • kartikjayaraman

    Great pics! I once used the canyons to frame this shot:


  • JvW

    So why does framing work for me while a vignette doesn’t at all, never?

  • Darlene Hildebrandt

    nice job framing, I’m curious did you add the sunburst in post production or get it in camera?

  • Darlene Hildebrandt

    It’s very detailed, almost too much so – the eye tends to go all over the image.

  • kartikjayaraman

    Thanks! The sun burst effect is achieved by some lenses at particular apertures (takes a lot of tries, this case around f/11). However I did exaggerate it in post processing to get the dramatic look. The overall image is about 8 arranged exposures (the canyons are very dark and the sky was very bright).

  • Darlene Hildebrandt

    what do you mean by “vignette” and why doesn’t it work for you ever?

  • Pravin Sonawane

    Thanks for nice series on framing.

  • kartikjayaraman

    This is another example of using a bridge as a frame:


  • JvW

    Hi Darlene, I mean darkening the corners in post (some lenses do it all by themselves at wider apertures), so that your attention is drawn to the subject in the middle of the photo.
    Don’t get me wrong, I like what I see here in these photos, while I’m being manipulated (insert smile here). Vignettes are supposed to do the same, draw the eyes, but I dislike vignettes, even if they’re part of the lens itself.
    I’m just wondering why I react positively to this framing, and negatively to vignettes.

  • Jan Maklak

    Thanks Darlene for including one of my photos.
    Jan Maklak

  • Phil Rochford

    I’m quite proud of this one. I’ve started to incorporate this method

  • Darlene Hildebrandt

    so I think it’s this – if you can SEE the vignette and tell one was done, it wasn’t done well. It should be more soft, more gradual. If you can define it then it’s too obvious and your eye is simply rejecting it.

  • Darlene Hildebrandt

    Ah I see thanks

  • Karen
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  • DMontague
  • fun photo

    another idea is using your sunglasses/glacier glasses as a frame. My boyfriend took a picture of Mt Everest as it was reflected in my glacier glasses and the photo came out really cool!

  • BayAreaBiker

    Post the pic or it didn’t happen…

    I’m just kiddin’ but yeah! Post the pic for rest of us to enjoy…

  • arthur

  • Linda Powell-Jones

    Beautiful shots. Very inspirational.

  • Christiam J. Rolon

    I Kinda tried to use this technique on my friends band Live performance.. Isnt the greatest picture of all time but at least I tried…

  • RCG

    I find myself using natural framing quite often, or at least attempting to use natural framing. This is one of my images – any critiques and comments are welcome and appreciated. Thank you!

  • Serena Boettcher

    I have a hard time using this technique. Here’s one though: http://www.flickr.com/photos/104345234@N02/10931216326/

  • Jason W

    I just recently began getting into bokeh, and it’s SO much fun figuring our what you can use to frame up your shot, and use bokeh to “set the stage” in a sense.

  • ComeBackSalmon

    Framed macro, window behind

  • Guest

    wat is dis yaaa?

  • Nikolai H.

    Not bad but dude you need to work on lighting the most, and don’t oversharpen photos because it looks bad, if it has noise and grain sharpening the photo makes it worse

  • Thanks for the tip, but trust me I learned all that. This picture was one of my first, like a year and a half ago. I have improved a lot since then, I got my hands on a 50mm lens, a flash for events like this and my editing has improved. 🙂 check some of my work just for fun https://www.flickr.com/photos/phantomkriz/

  • Nikolai H.

    Yeah, you’ve definitely improved, Great stuff! The quality of my work skyrocketed after I started to learn to light too, I’ve been doing photography for a year now, I do projects when I have an opportunity once in awhile, My website is down right now, but I’ll show you my stuff too when I get it back up 🙂

  • Guest

    Looks to be post processing, the whole photo looks almost unreal, lol

  • Cristeta Escober Mesias

    Wild mushroom

  • Nice dude! I’m looking forward to it 🙂

  • Nikolai H.

    Thanks man, I got it back up, here’s the link: https://mihailbphotography.squarespace.com

  • brilliant. love quotes

  • Gregory Andrus

    This is fantastic.

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