Framing A Picture For Best Results

How your pictures turn out has a lot to do with framing your picture and centering your subject. Think ahead so you can take the best picture possible.

When you look through your camera's viewfinder to take a picture, what do you notice first? Usually, what or who you are photographing. But your picture will contain a lot more than that, which is usually something you don't want, unless you frame your subject properly.

Before you even take a picture, unless you need to be as quick as possible, look at where you are. If you can pose your subject, take a look and see what looks most attractive without cluttering a picture too much. Something may look nice alone but add someone or something to it and the picture potential is lost.

Your backgrounds should not grab more attention than your subject. So, if you want to photograph someone by some beautiful flowers, make sure there are not too many or the color too bold or it will detract from the person themself.



Sometimes, what looks good outside the camera's viewfinder suddenly does not look good when you go to take the picture. Take your time and look carefully. When you first look through the camera look at the parameter of the frame showing in the viewfinder. Look at where your subject is and what is surrounding all four corners. Sometimes, if the picture looks too busy, you need only move your camera a bit in one direction or another and find a quieter setting appears. From two rose bushes to one, for instance.

Another consideration is that sometimes the subject of the picture will look best when off to the side and not centered directly in the middle. If you have an auto focus point-and-shoot camera like a Nikon One-Touch simple having your subject on one side or another should work. If you have an SLR which has manual or auto focus you will probably need to focus first on the subject and keep your finger depressed on the shutter button and simply move your camera to reframe with the subject off-center.

Watch your light too. If a background looks appealing but the sun is going to be directly in front of your camera, the subject will be shadowed. So it is better to find a different place to photograph.

Inside a house, doors can make nice backgrounds for pictures of the kids. And the dim light in a living room combined with a camera utilizing a flash also works well most times.

White walls in the house can also do well but sometimes you will encounter too much shadow difficulties.

So no matter how you choose to take your picture, always be thinking of a clutter-free background which would include moving garbage cans or other distracting items if necessary so your subject is what gains the most attention.

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