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Frame Your Picture
The use of a frame
can turn an otherwise plain picture into a pleasing one. Usually a foreground
element is used to create the frame. Examples are an overhanging tree branch,
a window frame, a door, arches, a fence, rows of trees, etc.
A frame serves
to isolate your main subject and create an interesting composition. Oftentimes,
it's the feeling of depth you're after. You may choose to keep the detail of
the frame (as in a wall, fence or branch), or let the frame go completely dark
(as in a window frame).
When you are composing
a shot, keep your eyes open to foreground (and sometimes, even middle or background)
objects that can be used as a natural frame. You may need to physically back
up a bit, kneel down for a more pleasant composition, or zoom in to include
your subject within your chosen frame.
Bridge at Kariya Park:
Here, the tree and its branches serve as a natural frame to the bridge.
The tall grass and rocks contribute to the frame effect and give the pleasing
impression that we are 'peeking' into a peaceful scene.
Canon PowerShot S50
Program AE, Evaluative, Auto WB
7.1mm, 1/250 sec., F2.8, ISO 50
By cropping tightly,
a frame is created and draws attention to the bell. This picture would have
been more effective if the background was blurred (by using a larger aperture
combined with a long focal length).
Nikon Coolpix 8700
13.7mm, Programmed Auto, Partial, 1/95.7 sec., F3.5 and ISO 50
Levels adjusted in Photoshop Elements
A Word Of Caution
About Artificial Frames
Framing can also
be done after the fact by combining two or more pictures in an image editing
software. Very dramatic effects can be accomplished this way and you are only
limited by your imagination.
However, a word
of caution is necessary here. Though there is nothing wrong with combining different
images to create another one, be very careful about employing artificial frames
on recognizable scenes and landscapes.
As an extreme example,
don't frame the Statue of Liberty by the St. Louis Arch. Unless your purpose
is to create dissonance within your viewers' minds, that picture will
just look strange.
So, before you
take that shot next time, look around and see if there is an object that you
can use as a natural frame. Take a picture without the frame, and another one
with the frame, and compare. Betcha, you'll like the one with the frame better!
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