Monday, 28 April 2014

Framing in Photography

Framing in Photography

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Framing in Photography

Posted: 27 Apr 2014 10:17 PM PDT

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Just to be clear, for this article we are not talking about the frame the print goes into, but “framing” your subject with something in the environment. The frame is a part of the scene, so it tells a bigger story and places your subject in context. It also suggests things about the image.

natural framing in photography

“Winter Love” captured by Gagan Dhiman (Click image to see more from Dhiman.)

Simple framing elements are doorways or windows. These create a portal that takes the viewer into the world beyond, a suggestion of something being possible.

photographic frame

“Truth Is in the Light” captured by Luis A. de Jesus (Click image to see more from de Jesus.)

By being dark, a frame adds drama–possibly danger or suspense–to your image. If the frame is bright beyond your subject, it lends a heavenly, divine sense to the subject.

framing in photography

“Rochester” captured by Giovanna Tucker (Click image to see more from Tucker.)

The lighter the frame, the more delicate and happy the image will feel. It creates a desire in the viewer to go through the frame and join them to be part of the joy. You create the emotional trick of the viewer joining the joy by the desire to go through the frame.

frame of flowers

“Framed” captured by Bootsie (Click image to see more from Bootsie.)

The frame can be in front of or behind your subject, and it does not even need to be complete for it to work as a frame. The mind completes things when it sees the suggestion of the shape. So a subject can be seen through a gap in a row of surfboards or snow skis.

Framing Tricks for Photographers

  • Don’t skimp. Pull back so you can see what the frame is.
  • Keep it square. Frames usually have a geometric shape, so you have to be careful that the lines are level.
  • Compose carefully. Your subject can fill the frame or be small in the frame. Make the choice with purpose; each approach gives a different message to the viewer.
  • Expose properly. In most cases, the frame should not be so dark as to have no detail or so bright it is washed out.
  • Be creative. To create a frame, you just need some space around the subject on the sides. You could frame a child by having her positioned between adults but with some space so she is a little isolated and the adults are cropped out.
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“Little Girl with Big Apple” captured by Irina Oreshina (Click image to see more from Oreshina.)

  • Consider the focus. The frame does not need to be in focus, conversely the subject does not need to be in focus (in this case the frame should be, though).
  • The frame can be artificial. For example, you could hold up a fuzzy heart and shoot an embracing couple through it.

Once you get the hang of framing your subjects, you will be well on your way to creating powerful storytelling images.

About the Author:
Mark Laurie is a Master Photographer, international speaker, author and studio mentor ( He teaches extensively in England and Canada. His Revealing Venus Nude & Glamour Photography Workshop is run in Italy. Mark has published 7 books. You can find information on his books, photography, and training on his website.

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19 Rare & Haunting Photographs That Will Make You Reconsider History

Posted: 27 Apr 2014 03:58 PM PDT

Some images define history: an early snapshot of the Statue of Liberty; Neil Armstrong first setting foot on the moon; a defiant man standing before a tank in Tiananmen Square; the Beatles walking down Abbey Road. But the other angles are rarely seen: the Statue of Liberty under construction in France, for example; or the man in Tiananmen Square fleeing from the tanks in the background; or even the Beatles, flipped around, walking down Abbey Road in the opposite direction. Check out the full series here:

(for those of you reading this by email, the photo album can be seen here)

Some of the images twist and meld our perceptions of people and events, and shed light on moments once cemented in society’s collective memory. Take, for example, the beautifully restored shot of Helen Keller meeting, and feeling the face of, silent film star Charlie Chaplin. (Who knew they even met? How was she able to appreciate his art?) Another telling photograph shows an American citizen punching out a South Vietnamese man, presumably to ensure his own spot on an evacuee helicopter.

One photo of the bunch, however, has been proven false: the alleged snapshot of a 1971-era Osama Bin Laden in Sweden, clad in trendily colorful clothes, second from the right in a green shirt and blue pants:

Osama Bin Laden’s family? Not quite. (Via Imgur. Click for larger image.)

Not only was the original image in black-and-white, but the decade-old hoax was officially debunked by journalist Steve Coll in his book The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in an American Century:

“Years later, one of the boys in the photograph, the second from the right, would be routinely identified in media accounts as Osama Bin Laden. There is certainly a resemblance, but Bin Laden family members said emphatically that this was a case of mistaken identity—Osama did not travel to Sweden with the group and was not in the picture. The family's testimony seems convincing, as it comes from varied sources, including some, such as Carmen Bin Laden, who have been adversaries of the family.”

Don’t let that spoil the 19 other photos, though. They’re still lost gems in their own right.

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Photographing Environmental Portraits of a Rock Climber (Video)

Posted: 27 Apr 2014 01:54 PM PDT

How do you create contextual portraits when your subject’s environment is precarious positions at the top of high places? Watch as Michael Muller takes us on a behind the scenes tour of a photo shoot with climber, Alex Honnold. The shoot was for a feature on Honnold for the December 2013 issue of Outside magazine. Along with the help of his assistants and wardrobe, Muller pulled the shoot off without a hitch:

Honnold, a well known rock climber who frequently undertakes death-defying climbs, appears to be enjoying the photo shoot, as the photographer puts him on a multitude of creative props. Aside from tackling a 1,500 foot climb up a vertical rock wall with no safety equipment, he also enjoys urban climbing—or free climbing—up building fronts.


As reflected in the finished portraits, which are rich in context, Muller played on Honnold’s urban climbing adventures for the photo shoot.

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How to Maximize Lighting in a Fashion Shoot (Video)

Posted: 27 Apr 2014 10:52 AM PDT

Finding the right space doesn’t always mean finding the best lighting. In this situation, the producers found an awesome restaurant, complete with glittery safety deposit boxes and lined fireplaces, but the space was too dark to shoot at a comfortable shutter speed. Watch the video to see how they solved the problem:

To light up the safety deposit boxes, they shot with a longer exposure than normal and a higher ISO to brighten the lights, which forced the model to stay perfectly still to reduce blur. They also brought in a wide red light and set it up 20 feet behind the lens, tinging the whole room red.


In their second shot, they brought in their own reflective tables to double the fire set up by the fireplaces. They also set up another red light behind the fireplaces to play with rim lighting and shadows from a different angle. This helps create layers—there are almost two backgrounds behind the subject, giving the image a lot of nice texture and lighting detail (Via Phlearn).


Rather than lighten darkness with Photoshop, they tried to use it only on the light spots to enhance light where it already existed. That way the lighting turns out the most natural it can be, and it’s also easier to get it right in-camera the first time.

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