Use Framing in Composition to create stunning photos

Have you taken any pictures? That’s fantastic. Have you considered incorporating framing in your composition? You may, however, create some breathtaking and one-of-a-kind images from an average setting. You don’t need to go to other parts of the world or scale mountain peaks to make your shot more popular. You may take the same photo that everyone else does, but in a different way. Here’s one approach to go about it. The use of framing in visual composition.

temple framing and composition
Chennakesava Hindu Temple at Somanathapura on an overcast day, Mysore, KA, India
built-in 1268 C.E

Why is framing important to a composition?

What is the framing technique? – Composing a picture is vital, and framing is one approach to capture the attention of viewers or produce a good image. If you capture a shot without framing, it will seem quite flat in comparison to an image taken with frame when composing. A photograph without a frame is just another regular photograph. I utilised the pillars on both sides and the above slab on top in the above image. The diagonal lines (leading lines) to the left and right at the bottom and sides pull the user’s attention from these pillars straight to the temple in the middle.

While framing may help with overall composition and drawing the attention to the focal point of your image, choosing the wrong style of frame might ruin the mood of the shot. As a result, it is critical to select a frame that contributes to the context while without distracting from the topic.

Related: Use Leading Lines to capture stunning photos

Why is composition so important?

The composition of a photograph is what directs our eyes through it and emphasises the subject in relation to the rest of the image. Composition, via flow, direction, and visual balance, drives the storey behind your image and captures the attention of the audience.

Framing in photography examples

This is a nature shot. Try searching for spots of this kind so that you can form a natural frame. Something like in between the trees, bark, leaves, etc. Captured this on the way back from my Himalayan trek to Roopkund.

Framing Photography – Tips & Techniques

Here are a few things that you might want to follow for better framing in composition:

  • Move around to find the right framing for your image instead of standing right in front of the object and capturing an image.
  • A wide angle lens may be of good use as shown in the above image that I had captured. Here (Chennakesava Temple at Somanathapura) I have used Nikon AF-S ED Nikkor 14-24mm F/2.8 G.
  • Try to have a foreground for framing. The foreground subject need not be fully visible, but for a viewer it should make sense as to what it is.
  • Try using shallow depth of field to make the foreground and framing element out of focus.
  • Use the diagonal lines or leading lines to draw viewers attention to the main subject.

If you merely take a picture, it may be just another snap. So, in order to receive that ‘wow’ sense, you must first create it. Instead of modifying it in post-production, try doing it in your camera while filming. You don’t have to do all of them at once; consider adding one of the things described above every time you take a shot. It may take some time, but it will undoubtedly make you pleased and bring you more views. Leave a comment to let us know what you think and if you have any other suggestions. 

Hawa Mahal Framing of Photo
Hawa Mahal interior, Jaipur, India

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2 Replies to “Use Framing in Composition to create stunning photos

  1. Yamato cosmos says:

    Best view i have ever seen !

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