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Using Framing in Composition – Weekly Photography Challenge

Framing is exactly as it implies:  seeing your image through something that frames it such as:  a doorway, a window, through leaves of a tree, etc.

Shot at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans. To me the people in the foreground help tell the story.

Shot at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans. To me the people in the foreground help tell the story.

Framing your subject within a another is a strong, graphical composition. It adds a three dimensional quality to your images, and creates depth. Using framing adds a foreground element that can help set the scene, tell the story, and lead the viewer’s eye into the image.

Start looking for ways to shoot through natural frames to highlight your subject.

HINT: back up and look through the doorway behind you.  Show the viewer exactly where to look.

To frame this Japanese temple in Hawaii I walked away from it until I had this overhanging tree to frame the image. It adds depth and dimension to your images when you use this technique.

To frame this Japanese temple in Hawaii I walked away from it until I had this overhanging tree to frame the image. It adds depth and dimension to your images when you use this technique.

For some inspiration check out 25 Images using Framing in Composition posted earlier today.

Further reading on the topic of composition:

If you tag your photos on Flickr, Instagram, Twitter or other sites with Tagging tag them as #DPSFRAMING to help others find them. Linking back to this page might also help others know what you’re doing so that they can share in the fun.

Also – don’t forget to check out some of the great shots posted in last weeks Weather challenge – there were some fantastic shots submitted.

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Darlene Hildebrandt

Darlene Hildebrandt is an educator who teaches aspiring amateurs and hobbyists how to improve their skills through free articles on her website Digital Photo Mentor, online photography classes, and travel tours to exotic places like Peru, Thailand, India, Cuba, Morocco, Bhutan, Vietnam and more. To help you improve and learn she has two email mini-courses. Sign up for her free beginner OR portrait photography email mini-course here. Or get both, no charge!