Composition Week, Day 3: Frame Within a Frame

[Editors Note: This week we have Rob Knight on a weeklong series of composition tips just for you. We’ll have one article every day, and continuing all the way thru Saturday!]

This composition technique is another way to draw your viewer’s eye to your subject. The idea is to use an element or elements within your image to frame your main subject.

Simple examples of this technique are shooting your subject through a window, or shooting your subject’s reflection in a mirror. That’s the easy stuff, but there are lots of creative frames you can employ.

Trees can make good frames by using their vertical trunks and horizontal branches. If you’re shooting in a crowd, try using other people to frame your subject. This will also help to give your photo a sense of context. If you’re shooting a landscape, look for foreground elements you can use to frame your middle-ground and background. Framing elements around the edges of your photo can help to keep the viewer’s eye from wandering out of your picture.


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