This week, our seventh week on this journey, we will discuss framing your subject in your photographs. You can frame your subject with any number of things to help accentuate their importance which will draw the eye towards the most important part of the photograph. Keep an eye out for elements that frame your subject and snap photographs often. Using architecture, light and shadows, objects in front of or surrounding your subject, shapes/spaces that are part of nature are some of the ways of framing that I will cover in this blog post. I hope they inspire <3
The first image above was taken in a greenhouse. The architecture is perfect for framing your subject in these spaces due to the repeating lines. It is the perfect spot to shop this week if you need a few flowers, or a photo with an easy to find frame! Remember to bring a camera or your phone!
Always watch for a opportunities while out and about. Architecture is meant to inspire. Most buildings will have nooks to frame a subject. This one uses the light and dark along with the architecture of the bridge to frame my subjects.
Light & Shadows
Here I am framing my feet in the sunlight with the shadows from a window. Look for lovely pools of light mixed with shadows like this and you will have another easy frame! Putting your subject in the light area will create a spotlight effect. Light and darkness is a HUGE thing in photography and art. This topic will be one for another week of #EsterCobe52 <3
Framing with Surroundings
Below the image was taken by myself while getting my photograph taken. I just couldn’t resist the pocket and light that presented itself. The window and the person (my good friend) standing close to me provided the best frame for my other friend who was leaning into the window to take a photograph of me. This image below uses both light and surroundings to highlight the subject which makes it all the more intense. Most of the photographs I take have many elements of art within them. Look for these opportunities and make sure you always have a camera near by!
While you might not have a bride and groom as your subject in every day life, you can certainly use this technique to frame your subject. Here I am shooting through bushes. I found a pocket and shot through it to frame the couple but to also give the illusion of my documenting a private moment. its the same if you take a photograph with the door partially closed like the second photograph below. I am shooting the image from outside the room. I keep that door closed to frame the boys and remove distraction from the other parts of the room. Again, its added boost to have them right in front of the window which acts as another frame. I didn’t set that up, but was ready with my camera when I saw it happening <3 #winning – lol
Framing with Natural Elements
Here I am using natural scoops in the landscape to frame my little ones on a sand dune at sunset. The contrast in the light sky is key in this photograph too. Framing is all around you. The below image works with nature but is light & shadow dependent too. Its another hybrid. Paths are great for framing your subject, those shadows add the extra boost to really frame the kids in the photo below. The first step is to look and second step is to have that camera, yes even a smart phone ready for the shot. It might disappear faster than you are ready… kids move fast.
More about #EsterCobe52
Join in with us on this adventure! All you have to do is participate! Follow along on the weekly topics and use the blog posts to guide your creativity.
Once again here are the steps to participate:
Pick a camera, any camera, yes even a cell!
Use the weekly prompt on this blog to inspire your weekly photo
Take and post your photo to instagram, using the hashtag #estercobe52 (We follow along and comment!)
Watch your photography improve throughout the year, as you learn more about photography and appreciate your life has been documented throughout the year!
Here are the links to each of the past weeks!
EsterCobe 52 Week 1 :: Phoneography Tips & Tricks with Molly B of Ester Cobe Photography // The Photojournalistic Black + White Photograph
EsterCobe52 Week 2 // Documenting Dad :: Tips and Tricks on how to capture dad with the kids by Molly B of Ester Cobe Photography
EsterCobe52 Week 3 // Ideas, Tips and Tricks on Documenting Water
EsterCobe52 Week 4 // Negative Space in Photography Tips and tricks
EsterCobe52 Week 5 // Fourth of July!
EsterCobe52 Week 6 // Document your days
EsterCobe52 Week 7 // Framing
EsterCobe52 Week 8 // Documenting Love
EsterCobe52 Week 9 // Exposure Triangle
EsterCobe52 Week 10 // Portraits