Framing

Framing is a technique commonly used in travel and landscape photography. You might frame a waterfall with the branches of a nearby tree or frame a macro of a flower with the petals from other flowers. Framing is a common practice that is often forgotten in portraiture.

In fashion imagery, you can often utilize framing to improve the composition of an image. You can frame the model using elements within the scene, or frame her with accessories. Frames don't need to wrap an entire image; they can simply frame a key element of an image, such as a model's face being reflected in a mirror within a scene. That mirror acts as a frame to focus the viewer's eye. The arches within a building can also act as a frame from the entire image, with the model as an element within that image, as seen in Figure 6.15.

Some photographers use framing to give a voyeuristic visual effect. For example, you could shoot an image through an open door with the subject sitting on the bed within the room. The cracked door acts as a frame and makes viewers feel as though they are peering into a forbidden world. You can even use something as simple as blurred foliage, which makes viewers feel as if they are peaking in on a moment or scene, as seen in Figure 6.16.

Figure 6.15

Framing is a compositional tool to bring interest and impact to an image. In this instance, the architecture of the building frames the subject to focus the viewer's eye.

Figure 6.15

Framing is a compositional tool to bring interest and impact to an image. In this instance, the architecture of the building frames the subject to focus the viewer's eye.

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Figure 6.16

When a subject is framed by a blurred foreground, a voyeuristic effect results, as if the viewer is peaking in on a scene.

Figure 6.16

When a subject is framed by a blurred foreground, a voyeuristic effect results, as if the viewer is peaking in on a scene.

Keep an eye out for how you can use framing to build more interesting compositions.

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