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Improve Your Photography: Using Frames

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  • Post published:04/15/2022
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No, I don’t mean putting your printed image in a frame and hanging it on the way, I mean using a frame in the image to draw attention to something. I am sure you have seen a photo of a window – either looking inside or looking out. That is what I am talking about but it is time to be a bit more creative.

The first example (seen in the cover image) was taken at Monmouth Battlefield State Park. The subject is the Sutfin House and I used a gap in the fence to frame the house. I could have taken this a step further and cropped tighter top and bottom but I wanted to keep enough of the fence so that the viewer knew what they were looking through.

Want more ideas for shooting historical buildings? Check out our guide.

This image was taken at Fort Hancock at Gateway National Recreation Area in New Jersey. This is the Mortar Battery and the tracks were used to roll the munitions into the bunker behind the door.

This final example was taken in Rochester, New York. This covered walkway is part of the gardens at the Eastman Museum and is absolutely gorgeous. This image was taken in the month of April so it certainly isn’t at its peak — but you can see how important framing is here.

I hope you enjoyed this installment and, more importantly, I hope it has inspired you to look at your surroundings a little differently. Look for the frame, try different angles, different perspectives. You may be pleasantly surprised by the results. 

Read Joe’s blog: Exploring Photography with Joe ValenciaLearn more about Joe here.

All photos by Joe Valencia. Follow him on Instagram.

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