I still remember Kodak.com earlier website lists framing as one of the ten basic tips to take better picture. And the most interesting part the method is adopted by amateurs and professionals alike and it never looks boring if it is done effectively.
Framing serves a couple of purposes in composition that can make your picture stand out from the rest. Among the purposes of framing, inter alia, are:
- It directs the viewer’s vision straight to the subject
- It gives a sense of depth and a perception of three-dimensionality to the two-dimensional picture
- If the frame has some similarities to the subject it creates a harmonious combination
- It adds more interest the picture and diversifies the viewpoint
- Framing can also act as foreground interest for the subject at the background
Normally wide angle lens is used when framing in order to get the maximum depth-of-field by rendering both foreground and background sharp. But there is no hard and fast rules. Sometimes out-of-focus framing succeeds in bringing out the subject without the framing competing for attention especially if the framing has little relevance to the main subject.
Landscape and architecture photography almost always adopts framing in composition with proven success although it is not limited to only the two genre of photography above.
Below are some links to the tips about framing when composing your picture:
Travel Photography: Composition by Richard I’Anson
Guidelines for Better Photographic Composition: Framing
How to compose a photograph by Alain Briot
SHUTTERBUG: Foreground Framing
SHUTTERBUG: Framing Technique
Framing inside of photos
Since I love taking architectural pictures framing is one of my favourite methods of composition as you can see in some sample pictures of mine below. They are not great example of good framing but I believe it can act as a general guidelines especially to the beginners.
The similarities in shape between the frame and the dome of the Putra Mosque are believed to create harmony in picture besides acting as a frame
The elevated highway acts as a compositional frame to direct viewer’s attention to the Petronas Twin Towers although the subject is relatively small
The fence frames the Sultan Ismail Petra Mosque to present different viewpoint to the viewers instead of just a common postcard-style snapshot
Fence is again used as a frame
The adjacent pylon framing the TM Tower
Although it is considered cliched by some but tree branches can be an effective frame if used sparingly
The counter that frames the cooks at work
A stone bench that frames my son Danial
All comments and feedbacks are welcomed🙂