The picture frame

Framing is probably one of the easiest of compositional techniques in photography to master, it’s very easy to use architectural elements such as doors and windows to draw attention to the subject and at the same time to lend context to the overall image.

But with some creativity it’s actually possible to use all sorts of natural occurring elements within the field of view to act as framing components, to close down parts of the image, concentrating the viewer’s attention on the main subject.

Some examples illustrating the technique

Tips for when on location

  • Doors and windows are probably the simplest method to frame a subject
  • Frames can also be natural features and don’t necessarily have to completely enclose the entire subject
  • Sub-framing brings more depth to the image and a better focus on the main subject

© Andrew James Kirkwood – 2017