Frame in Frame – Composition Tip

15 Oct

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Dubai, UAE

Photography minus creativity is “Snapshot”, I am sure many of you agree on that.

There are a number of techniques in photography which can be mastered to exploit the creative side in you. Ranging from long exposures to macros to what not, but most important aspect is to imply these techniques the right away at right moment. One of the best but least implied technique is “Framing within the Frames” or in simple “Natural Framing”.

Natural Framing may be either in form of natural source or man made objects or even both (at times), which can be used to creatively confine your main subject within the frame created by these natural ones, there by creating a frame within a frame. Basic intention is to draw the attention of the viewer to the ‘subject in focus’ thereby successfully conveying the message behind the image. Keen observation is all it takes to execute this technique. 

One of the finest execution of natural framing from my side. As seen in the picture, the cranes in the foreground clearly serves as the natural frame thereby drawing the eyes of the viewer to Burj Khalifa and the rare low lying clouds behind it. 

One of the biggest advantages of natural framing is the “Sense of Order” created by the image. When properly used, it goes on to show the viewer that the picture is carefully tailored to look the way it looks. Proves the sense of discipline applied to get the desired result. It is not just the eyes but brains as well which needs to play its role in creating an image you desire.  

As seen in the picture above, the frame is clearly divided into two different frames thus creating a sense of frame within the frame, thereby isolating the main subject, which here is Burj Al Arab. 

Further, a feel of depth is added by the framing technique. A rather flat image would get a depth and dimension of its own using framing. 

Windows used as the natural frame along with the dried out branch of a tree. Windows takes the viewpoint further into the shot while branches balance the picture. 

Windows, doors, bridges, cranes, branches of trees are few of the common frames found on a day to day basis which can be used for framing, but the list can be endless and extends as far as our imagination leads us. 

Entrance doorway used here as the frame. Sheer harmony and balance is the result.

Reflections used for a ‘frame within frame’ effect. 

Example of Bridge used for the purpose.

Shot from Samsung ST 500 Point and shoot during my beginning days of photography.

Another shot from Samsung ST 500 P&S.

There are enough frames all around to be found, its about keeping an open eye and  finding them and most importantly framing the right subject within the frame. Dragging viewers eye into a subject of no interest is an effort in vain. So the uncluttered frame as well as the subject being framed have to compliment each other. 

One of the best ways to develop this or for that matter any other photographic technique is to reserve a photowalk for one particular theme, which would thereby help in focusing and implementing the particular technique to the fullest. 

Hope this edition was informative and hope examples presented helped you in understanding the concept. Please leave your genuine feedback to help me get better. Critiques are highly appreciated. Do share your pictures involving this technique by sharing links to the picture, because SHARING is CARING. 

Until next time,

Happy Clicking :)

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15 responses to “Frame in Frame – Composition Tip

  1. Adam Backer

    October 15, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    A fantastic article from you again Subodh, you have presented this composition as simple as possible right from you heart. Well done !!!

    • creativepixelz

      October 16, 2011 at 12:11 am

      Glad u liked the presentation Adam…you are the reason why I blog…thanks to you bro

  2. Sanja Gabrielle Mac Donald

    October 15, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    excellent work subodh…love all ur work…creativty…story telling….this is fotografy 101

  3. pritham dsouza

    October 15, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    excellent tips and pics!!!!!

    • creativepixelz

      October 15, 2011 at 11:09 pm

      Really Appreciate your view Pritham…thanks for visiting my blog…

  4. Sanja Gabrielle Mac Donald

    October 15, 2011 at 11:06 pm


  5. vishalt

    October 16, 2011 at 6:02 am

    fantastic..!! i always liked your compositions, add these to the list too..! and the various is definitely on my list, sometime in future.!! your pictures are a good encouragement keep it up..!

  6. creativepixelz

    October 16, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Thanks Vishal :)

  7. ajay goel

    October 17, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Brilliant article SS. You have a knack for instruction. Coming up with so many examples of the concept is praiseworthy and your articulation is superb. Bravo!

    • creativepixelz

      October 18, 2011 at 2:15 pm

      Thanks for being supportive for my humble attempts Ajay Goel…good to see you here :)

  8. Rajesh Seshadri

    December 15, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    good snaps Subodh. some of your photos, when i see, i feel like they open some new doors inside my mind that snaps can be tried to be taken / presented in such ways. inspirational work bro.

  9. Sasi Kumar

    July 18, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Nice and excelent presentation. Really missed the opportunity to attend the session.

    • creativepixelz

      July 18, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      Appreciate your visit to my blog, cheers Sasi Kumar :)


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