Into the Frame

I thought I would continue to talk about composition as many people today either use their phones of leave their camera on P (program) letting the camera do the thinking.  Despite this you can still create some dramatic images if you understand composition.  The next image gives another example of a composition trick.

EXIF DATA: OLYMPUS E-M1,  lens: M.12-50mm F3.5-6.3, ¹⁄₁₂₅ sec at ƒ / 13, ³⁄₁₀ EV, Aperture priority, ISO 200

FRAME IT: There is something complete when you see a photo in a frame.  But have you thought about capturing a frame in your photo? I mentioned previously having something in the foreground when doing landscape shots.  Sometimes you can add to this by creating a natural frame for your photo.  In the above shot I used the tree to frame the mountains behind. 

The intention is always to draw the viewers eye to the object you want them to focus on, drawing them in to the picture. 

The frame does not need to go all the way around.  It may be an image of the mountains with a tree on either side of the photo.

For those with more advanced cameras you can also begin to think if you want the frame to be in focus or out of focus (for an example of this see the image below).


Next time you are out look for ways to frame your shot.  This could be between 2 trees or rocks, through a door or window or fence. I have included a few more images below to give you an idea of the possibilities out there.

PROCESSING: The top photo itself didn't have much more done to it apart from the usual lightroom adjustments.  The biggest was in the shadows, in particular the tree trunk. As with most photos out of the olympus I find it also needs some clarity and vibrance to really make landscape photos pop.  I also gave the red mountains behind a slightly more vibrance than the rest of the photo to not oversaturate the entire image but draw the eye to these amazing hills.  While the blue skies of the outback are amazing, having looked more at this photo I think the sky has been overdone so ideally I would pull this back a bit.