#Back to the Roadmap

Applying the “rules” of composition, is the first step in improving your photos. Once you understand why a composition works, it is time to go a little deeper into the lay-out of your photographs. This page describes how framing affects your photos.

Don’t mix-up framing and filling the frame though: Framing is creating a frame around the photo, while filling the frame is using as much canvas as needed for your subject.

The reason people like to frame photos and paintings, is not just to protect it. It is also because framing isolates the photo from anything around it, and adds a sense of depth (because you add layers to the photo).

Another function of a frame is, to send the eyes of the viewer directly to the subject and block out any unnecessary elements. Or you could just use a frame to add some drama to the photo.

There are many elements you can use as a frame, and it certainly does not need to rim the entire photo. You could frame just a few empty corners like in the photo below.

Castle Loenersloot

Framing a photo does not necessarily mean that you have to frame it like a painting. Just the top or two corners to create a smaller view at the subject will do.

You could use the environment to create a narrow view, blocking out parts of the scene, to make the viewer wonder what the photographer is not showing. Or you could take framing literary.

As mentioned, any element you can use to frame the photo, helps viewers to focus their attention at the subject of the picture. Using this in your composition is another great tool to improve your shots. But remember, you do not always have to frame!


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  2. Thanks Luvo for this photography tip/lesson 🙂 It’s been a while since I practiced photography. I’ll try this out when I get the chance.

    • Thank you for leaving a comment! I am sorry for the late reply.

      Oh my, it’s been a while? Couldn’t bother to pick up the camera? Or just too busy?

      Thank you for reading, and leaving a note.

      Have a great week!


      • It has been awhile since we gone out. I just have photographs of family in the recent months. I do have many photographs to sort from some trips a few months back, but I guess I had not found the time to write.
        Have a great week too! 🙂

        • Shooting photos of your family is great! So you have some selecting and editing to do. Good luck with that!

          Sometimes life outside the blog is just too busy, right?

          Thank you!


          • Yes, too many photographs to sort out. True! life is busy sometimes, I know it’s how we plot the things we have to do and make time, just at times we’re too busy.
            Thanks for the time!
            have a great time taking photographs 🙂

          • Haha, I can imagine! We should make some time if we don’t have it. Prioritize.. Sometimes I feel I am doing more of what I should do, than what I want to do. I should consider changing that..

            Have a great week ahead, hope your weekend was as good as mine!


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