The Camera in My Head - Photography Tips Series #2 - Framing and Balance
Photography Tips - Framing
Framing is when your primary focal point is surrounded by something else within the photograph. Think of a picture frame... it surrounds the main focus like a window.
Framing can give depth and a sense of distance to a picture. The leaves of a nearby tree, for example can act as a window to viewing a far-away mountain.
Another purpose of "framing" is to provide direction and lead the eye to the main area you want to draw attention to. A frame can be leaves of a tree, flowers, the wall of a building, or an archway. One effective trick is to make the frame blurry. This acts as an effective way to draw focus to the most important point in the photograph.
Look at the following examples of pictures I have taken with various framing techniques. You will notice the effect as it directs your eyes to the center or outlines the main feature.
Examples of "Framing" in Photography
Balance in Photography
Balance is most easily achieved with reflection, but can just as easily be witnessed by shadows, geometric symmetry, and duplicate mass in focal points.
Sometimes the best way to portray balance is to take a few steps in just the right direction, kneel down, or stand on something high. People recognize a serious photographer by the size of their camera lens, and the way they stretch to get just the right shot.
Many of my photographs were taken with my iPhone because that's what I usually have with me for those unexpected gems. I also have a Nikon that is a cross-over between programmable and point-n-shoot. It has a great zoom (42X) and a few aperture and shutter speed options. So, my photographs are not professional... but I am learning how to take delightful pictures anyhow.
Here are some examples of times when I happened upon beautiful balance in nature.