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How to Frame Your Digital Photos

Framing, in photo-composition terms, means using elements of an image to form a sort of picture frame around important subjects. Frame your digital photos when you construct the shot. You can use framing to provide a border around your pictures:

1

In the foreground, look for obvious framing shapes in which you can place your composition.

Doorways, windows, arches, and space between buildings have the advantage of being a natural part of the scene.

2

Change position until foreground objects create a border around your image.

For example, find a curving tree branch and back up until the scenic view you want to capture is wrapped in its leafy embrace.

3

Place your frame in the foreground.

You can shoot through a doorway, an arch, or something else to create a foreground frame.

4

Use a frame to create a feeling of depth.

Photographing a far-away object to act as a frame changes the mood of a picture.

5

Use a telephoto lens setting to compress your frame and your subject, as this figure illustrates.

Using a telephoto sense draws far-away objects closer.

6

Use a wide-angle lens setting to add distance between the frame and your main subject.

Wide-angle lenses have the opposite effect of telephoto lenses, and make objects that are closer appear to be farther away.

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