Friday, 24 October 2014

Photography this week: Using a frame

There is real joy in taking photographs.  Seeing the world through the eye of a lens.  Being able to capture a moment in time or a precious memory. It is wonderful to look through a album and to remember, ponder and reflect on the moment.  

Putting a photo in a frame often has more impact than in an album. It changes how we view a photo.  It becomes something to look at from afar rather than in an intimate way. A frame finishes off photos too. Think about an assignment from when you were a child.  Without a frame it often looked incomplete and unfinished but as soon as a frame was added,  even a simple line,  the project suddenly looked finished.

When taking a photo it is nice sometimes to add a 'frame' to the shot.  It adds interest, a focal point and structure. There are a few ways that this can be done. It could be done by unseeing a man made structure ie  A building,  a window, an arbour or with a natural structures ie. a tree, leaves or gap in a hedge.  Using frames when composing a photo blocks other parts of the image taken and draws attention to the subject.

In this first photo the tunnel has been used to create the frame on the 2 subjects walking towards the light.

Trees are used for the frame on this picture.  The viewer wants to know what is going on around the photo it is intriguing to the eye.

Trees and foliage again create the frame.  It frames the subject which is an amazing view of the beach.

In this photo of the cliff are used loosely as a frame.  It draws the viewers eye down the river to what might be around the corner.

This climbing rope make a great frame for a portrait.

A window in a telephone box makes a vibrant a colourful frame

Using a frame helps the viewer see where the photos taken and gives the photo some context.  It can help create depth and layers.  It draws the eye to look at the focal point of the shot.

  So the next time you take your camera out consider using a frame for a simple but stunning composition idea.

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