Photography Composition: Framing

Framing in your photos is a great way to add interest to your images and get a little more creative. Framing draws attention to the subject of your image by blocking other parts of the image with something in the scene, pulling the eye directly to your subject.  When it comes to using the composition idea of framing indoors with your children, look for frames within toys, open doors, windows, playground equipment, etc.  I find that I’m often looking for shapes, archways, etc. Once you start developing an eye for “frames,”  you will start to see them everywhere.  One of the best places to start is a playground since there are shapes everywhere.


Frames can also be found outside in nature.  Trees, leaves, tunnels, caves etc are all natural frames.  The following two photos were taken in NYC in Central Park.  Notice how the trees create a frame over my brother and sister in law.  I edited the photo with a layer of soft light in the middle to help draw the eye to the couple as well.

I love how frames can create depth and more interest to photos, love this tunnel.

This weeks mission is to start looking for frames in your home and beyond.  Looking for more great composition ideas? Check out our posts on Rule of Thirds, Negative Space and Filling the Frame. Whether you havea  DSLR or point and shoot camera, getting creative with your composition will help create more interesting photos and help you have more fun with photography.

~Shari Saysomsack

MWAC Coordinator

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