In the Frame: Framing Composition


gerund or present participle: framing
  • surround so as to create a sharp or attractive image.
A fun and great way to emphasize on your subject is by using a frame to direct the viewer’s attention directly to the subject. A frame can be a literal frame (doors, windows, etc.), surrounding objects, light (lack of, or bright lights), and/or colors.
This composition helps bring context to your images. For example, a person in the middle of a crowd. By blurring out the people surrounding him/her, you will enhance the moment and emotion.
It also enhances architecture, and nature.
Before choosing the frame for your subject, consider the following questions:
  • Is the frame taking away from what I want the viewer to pay attention to?
  • Is it leading the eye to your main focal point?
  • Does it add depth of field?

With just a bit a practice and attention, you can master this composition, in no time.

“You can frame a moment. But you can´t frame life.”
― Armin Houman

Be creative, think outside the box, and always follow your intuition.


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As always, I’d love to see what you create. Please leave a comment with the link where I can follow your work.


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