Tutorial – FRAMING A PHOTOGRAPH

Posted On: March 21, 2010
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Framing is an integral part of photography. The goal is to highlight the central focus (i.e., locus) of the photo. Here are a few pointers to accomplish the task.


  • Avoid placing the subject in the center of the frame. Use the rule of “thirds”. In other words, divide the frame into a tic-tac-toe grid. Frame the subject into any third of the grid, while avoiding the center. The rule of “thirds” will add depth and perspective to any photograph.
  • Avoid having the horizon line in the middle of the frame. Including the horizon line (e.g., sea level, grassland, etc.) above or below center will make the photograph less symmetrical and more appealing to the eye.
  • Avoid having a skewed image. Ensure that the horizon level is straight. You may find it helpful to steady the arm that you use to take the photography by supporting it with your free arm.
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