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.
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, 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.
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,