When traveling, people usually take a lot of snapshots. Don’t get me wrong, having snapshots in your portfolio is OK, but if you really want your photos to stand out, you need to kick in your creative wits.
One of the more popular creative techniques is framing the shot, thus creating a frame within a frame. In example, take a look to the photo on the right. This is a Sagrada Famillia church in Barcelona that I have visited over a weekend. The photo has been taken from the roof of La Pedrera with a long lens. Yes, the Sagrada Famillia looks OK, but it is not creative. Let us now examine how could leverage some creative framing.
Fortunately, Antoni Gaudi‘s work on La Pedrera has produced one nice arch with a direct view towards Sagrada Famillia. I waited for the moment when nobody was close and fired the shot.
Sagrada Famillia framed by the arch of the "La Pedrera"
So the tip of the week is:
Look behind the obvious, and if you plan to frame the shot, try to find a frame that will strengthen the context of your subject.
Category: Beginners Photography, Photography Tips
Alan Graf is the editor and founder of Digital Photography Student. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, and is also editor of CRO-Wallpapers.com – a Croatian wallpaper archive, and his own photo gallery at http://www.alangraf.com.