Photo Tip #3 - Fill the Frame
January 25, 2016
Inspiring vacation photos, intimate family photos, beautiful landscapes, touching scenes – they all are in our minds and thoughts when we pick up the camera. So why do they come out so – blah? Ordinary? There is a simple answer.
You’re trying to capture too much in a single image. We have all been somewhere, some place gorgeous with our families or friends, and want to take that one photo that takes it all in, shows everyone we were with and the great time we had. When we finally see the images, the background is too light, the family
looks like they have raccoon eyes, the focus is less than wonderful and the feeling – well, it just isn’t there.
It’s all about simplifying. Filling the frame with exactly what you want, and no more. You will probably have to choose between a beautiful family photo with just a piece of the vista behind them, or the beautiful vista by itself with family just setting the stage to give it sense of scale. The good news is that digital images are cheap – as opposed to film (anybody remember film?) where each image was an expense.
So go ahead and take a bunch of photos – don’t try to cram everything into one little frame.
Of course, it all depends on what you are trying to capture. I could have caught this image (above) from across the green, but the message either wouldn’t have been obvious – or understandable at all. But up close, there is no doubt about the love that is being expressed. In this case, I actually went up to the couple, strangers, and asked them to embrace again. Ok, ballsy maybe, but I told them I was touched by the expression of the hands. They gladly agreed.
Remember I said something about adding people for setting the stage? Consider. Which of these do you like better – the one with the people or the one without? You see how having people in the photo can add to it? Adding people gives it balance and adds a sense of scale. A human element generally makes an image more relate-able.
Images you take are for a purpose – to capture a place, people, or a feeling. Whichever is your purpose, go ahead. Fill the frame.
Keep playing with your images and experimenting with what works and what doesn’t.
The key word is “PLAY!”
Until next time!
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