Frame Up! This week on Tuesday Tips, we'll be talking about framing a photo and being aware of the elements in your frame – especially the lines that appear in your shot. What you see with your eyes becomes slightly different in a viewfinder or on the screen of your iPhone. There is a conscious decision when you take a photo to capture a scene or a moment – and it includes factors such as where to frame it, what to include in it and from what angle.
When taking a photo, look at a scene from different angles and walk around. Try taking photos from different positions and experiment with your composition. A quick step to the right or a slight crouch can drastically change the feel and angle of your photo. Take a few photos close up, then take a few steps back and snap some from that angle. If you're taking pictures up close of an item, try an overhead shot and then from many different angles and distance. Notice where the shadow falls and try not to have your shadow in the picture unless it is fully intentional.
When taking photos of landscapes or items with a rigid structure, be aware of the horizontal and vertical lines in the scene. Having your photos purposely straight or angled frames it so it is more appealing to the eye. It creates an intent for the photo. When you are taking a picture of something specific with a central point of focus, make sure your sides are all balance in space.
With practice, you'll figure out a framing style and feel to the pictures you want to capture. Digital cameras and iPhones have made it easier for photographers to take and test many different framing styles since you're not limited to the amount of photos you can take with film. Take plenty of photos and you can always delete them afterwards! Another tip is that you can always change framing of a photo by cropping the picture later. However being aware of all the elements in your frame will deliver more of an intent in your photos.
What goes through your mind when you take a photo?