Travel photography tips: Framing your subject

Professional photographer Steve Davey presents his travel photography tips. In this tip he explains how to use something to frame your subject

By Steve Davey
Published 27 Jan 2015, 16:00 GMT, Updated 1 Jul 2021, 16:04 BST

Photographers have always used framing in their pictures, to concentrate the eye of the viewer into the main part of the picture. You can use windows, doorways and even arches to frame a picture for visual effect. If the light levels are different on the frame than on the rest of the subject, then the frame will appear quite dark and heavy. You don't need to have such an obvious frame, though. Even a few leaves in silhouette can fill a sky, lead the eye into the picture and give a flatter subject some depth, by creating layers in the image. On a subtle frame like this, make sure to focus on the subject so that the frame is out of focus.

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