Learning the technical and creative sides of photography can be tricky, but over the years, I’ve found that the best way to advance photography skills is with intentional practice. Today, I’m talking all about framing your subjects, because it is a great composition technique that can bring a little something extra to your photos. Below are a few ways I like to use frames in photos.
framing your subject in photos
them to fill the shape, so that I’m able to capture a genuine moment while having them framed in the photo.
2. Another great location for finding frames is within your home. Architectural elements such as doorways, hallway arches, windows, or mirrors are all great ways to use framing and draw attention to the subject in a photo.
By including the frame of a mirror or doorway, you may also create a feeling of “peeking” in on the subjects, which can make the moment feel more intimate.
Keep in mind that the main focus doesn’t need to be a face. In this image, the circle shaped door of our dryer frames my youngest tightly gripping his blankie after rescuing it from the wash.
3. While away from your home, you’ll start noticing that there are architectural and natural frames you can use everywhere. Tunnels, enclosed walkways, or even trees are all great ways of creatively framing your subject. Additionally, this will intentionally bring in the surrounding environment, which may add to the story captured by the image.
When photographing families, I like to highlight the children by framing them with their parents. In this photo, having both parents facing towards their daughter helps draw your eye to her sweet face, as well as showcase the love her parents have for her.
And in this image, notice how the mom and dad’s heads create a loose frame for their sweet little babies.
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