While most people frame their picture and put it on a wall to bring attention to the photo, one can also frame their photo to make their composition in the same way. Welcome back to the Capture-Vating blog. If you haven’t been able to pick up on what I’m going in depth about, it’s framing people, and it’s really cool.
Framing can make a really busy picture easier for the photographer to show the viewer what he/she intended to be the subject of the photo. The greatest photographers are able to utilize this technique. Dorothea Lange captured one of the most well recognized photos from the times of the Great Depression, which has come to be known by the title “Migrant Mother. In some eyes, it’s been considered a masterpiece because of the way Lange captures Florence Owens Thompson’s children and how they frame their worrisome mother. See for yourself…
You guys may be wondering how you can use this technique in your own photos– here’s where I come in to help. You can use lots of things around you to frame your composition, for example, ridges, tunnels, holes in buildings, hoops, a literal frame actually, fingers, you know the works. The next step is to hope your luck is good and something drives/ flies/ crawls/ moves through your frame. Or, when you look through your make-shift frame, something stands out to you worth capturing. Here you can spice things up and focus on the frame (to make what is inside the frame blurry), or you can focus on what is inside the frame (making the foreground/frame blurry).
While all these pictures are unique, they all have in common the aspect of making the onlooker look where the photographer wanted them to look. Photography has an interesting way of making you appreciate what the photographer went through to take what looks like a simple picture. It all comes with practice and making sure YOU love what you are taking pictures of so that others can love what you’re taking pictures of Just an Inspirational thought on how to apply all this to your works: spontaneous moments to capture are the ones you’ll appreciate the most looking back over them. Good luck fellow readers, and I wish you luck.
Until next time!