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Tips for Photography: Framed Art Technique

written by: Angelique de la Morreaux•edited by: Amy Carson•updated: 1/31/2011

If a picture is worth a thousand words, think how much it would be framed. By learning a photography framed art technique, you create visual interest in your photos and turn them into art. Plan a natural frame as you shoot the picture or create one while editing. So simple to do, yet worth so much.

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    Scene Shot

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    Using a framed art technique in your photography allows you to highlight certain aspects of your photograph. Draw the viewer into your picture as you shoot in the space between two overhanging branches or a set of rocks leading to the ocean. Eliminate the distractions of telephone wires, trash cans and cars as you zoom in to take your shot. Keep a tight focus on the final scene as you find a natural item to frame it.

    The photograph above demonstrates this principle exactly as the driftwood makes a natural frame for this ocean scene. The textured detail of the driftwood plays off the smoothness of the sand as you look beyond at the ocean waves creating an interesting photograph.

    Photo Credit: Karyn Christner

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    FrameCircle4882071773 7d77b488f6 z Carry this natural framing technique into your photograph as you shoot different poses of people. Rather than a general overall snapshot view, single out a small section of the location as the background. Focus the eye on the person as you look for methods to create a natural frame. Natural frames may include shooting through windows, door frames or a tunnel. Just look for areas which lends itself to capturing your shot.

    As demonstrated by the attached photograph, the metal loop was used to capture the little girl as she picks flowers. The addition of the loop focuses the eye on the child in this example of photography framed art.

    Photo Credit: Yogendra Joshi

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    FrameSnow5393887998 253dc331db z Photographs may also be framed after they are taken with the use of photo editing software. Some programs give you the option to add a square or circular frame around your photograph prior to printing.

    Another option is cropping an existing photograph. Cropping allows you to remove distractions from your photograph and use only the portion of the picture you want. Depending on the size of your picture, you can usually enlarge the cropped section into a new photograph.

    The photographer captures a natural frame formed by the fences, pathway and overhanging snow laden branches. When he takes it to his editing software, he has the option to crop this picture or remove the top half thereby reducing the viewing area and creating a tighter frame around the walkers, providing an excellent example of the photography framed art technique.

    Photo Credit: David Berkowitz

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    Combination of Techniques

    As you develop your photographic framing skill, incorporate it into other shoots, such as event planning or photo essays. Show the story of a wedding as you combine general shots of the church, the flowers and the guests filing in with a framed one. Capture the bride within the door frame and showcase her entrance into the church with her arm on Dad.

    While shooting an event, such as a family reunion or corporate fund raiser, mix general group shots, such as the group playing sports or standing around the grill with framed ones. Some examples include a group shot within a grove of trees or outlined by doors of the corporate table or tent.

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    Picture Wall

    Mat the photographs within a frame before you create a picture display. Make a gallery wall of one long visual frame. Position similarly framed photographs in a straight line down a hallway. Another option is to set up a square visual frame. Block out a section of the wall and group a set of event photographs together as you showcase a family reunion. vacation or wedding.

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    Photo Credit

    Photo Credit:

    Flickr: Karyn Christner

    Flickr: Yogendra Joshi

    Flickr: David Berkowitz