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Filling the frame: 5 simple but powerful ways to enhance your photos

The message Filling the Frame: 5 simple but powerful ways to improve your photos first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Anthony Epes.

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Successful photos usually have one thing in common: an obvious focal point or a subject that has the upper hand.

One of the main reasons why a photo falls flat is that there is no central or main feature that catches the viewer's attention.

A very simple way to combat boring, flat photos is by practicing the simple idea of ​​filling the frame.

Of course you could say – I always fill the frame; it's impossible not to do it!

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However, with this idea you work to be much more on purpose about how you compose.

When we ' fill the frame & # 39 ;, we try to make the intention of a photo completely clear. The viewer must have no doubt about what the photo is about.

Instead of getting fixed on your topic, and focusing your attention almost entirely on it (something I see people doing at my workshops all the time), we consider every part of the frame.

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We look at the corners. This is probably the most common thing many of my students don't do – look at what's in their corners.

Often there are things that do not have to be there that you only realize afterwards when you study your images.

We consider what runs along the edges. What's in it that shouldn't be there? It's amazing how a lost branch or a little litter can find its way to your image without you noticing.

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We become aware of every part of the frame to ensure that every element works to complement our subject.

This is the key. Everything in your photo frame must work with or complement your subject.

If this is not the case, you must move and try to bring the subject and the surrounding elements to a better composition.

Filling the frame: 5 simple but powerful ways to enhance your photos

Sometimes a photographer reacts too quickly. They take a picture of where they are instead of thinking about the most favorable position to be in and how this can significantly improve the image.

I mention position here because I think this is the first option to fill the box with a subject.

What usually happens when we do not fill the frame with our subject is that we ultimately create a lot of space in the photo. This is all fine if you use this space on purpose. However, if you are not, it simply looks expansive and empty and your subject competes with the ' poor space '

Filling the frame: 5 simple but powerful ways to enhance your photos

Changing your position and getting closer to your topic is your best first choice. Remove that unwanted space by physically coming closer or zoom in if necessary. (I'd always rather move than zoom).

View the photos of me that I have included in this article. They are all images where everything in the frame is 100% relevant. Even with a complex image like this I have considered every part of it:

Filling the frame: 5 simple but powerful ways to enhance your photos

5 simple but powerful ways to improve your photos

1. Always think of your position

In general, bad photos have way too much wasted space. You can easily remedy this by thinking about your position in relation to your subject.

Need to get closer to reducing wasted space around your topic? This also has the added advantage that a photo becomes more intimate as you approach.

Filling the frame: 5 simple but powerful ways to enhance your photos

2. If moving is not an option, consider changing the lens

If it is not possible to change position, it is now a good time to change lenses. This method is (I think) not as good as changing your physical position, but it can allow you to fill the framework and arouse interest in your subject.

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3. Check the edges of the frame

This is a common mistake for beginning photographers.

Some do not make enough effort to look at the entire frame and what lies on its edges. When you shoot in this way, you notice that you trim much more to remove the things that you have overlooked while shooting.

It is better to learn to see the whole image than to become good at cropping because you have not seen it in the camera.

Filling the frame: 5 simple but powerful ways to enhance your photos

4. Photography is a reduction process

Suppose you have come closer to fill that framework. This is a good time to ask yourself – is there anything else that does not need to be in the context?

You can find the answer to this by asking if it helps or hurts your topic. If you decide that the element does not have to be there, you take it out.

This usually requires a change of position or any movement from you!

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5. Don't focus on your subject

If you are really committed to filling your frame and creating better images, then my only ultimate advice is NOT to focus on your subject.

This is the # 1 reason why photographers are not satisfied with their photos later.

Of course, be amazed and amazed at what you are photographing, that is part of the pleasure of photography. However, do not lose yourself to the point that your composition is not the best.

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Conclusion

Don't forget to always intentionally take pictures.

I would like to know what you think of my tips and ideas on ways to improve your photos. Let me know in the comments below.

Is this an idea that you practice? Or is this new and do you think you can use it in the future?

Thank you for reading.

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The message Filling the Frame: 5 simple but powerful ways to improve your photos first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Anthony Epes.

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