The Power of the Frame

If you are indeed passionate about photography, you must be well acquainted with the term Frame. Framing is a significant aspect of photography and it can be redefined as presenting visual elements in an image, especially placing the subject in relation to other objects. A picture is technically incomplete without a proper framing. This specific aspect enhances the appeal of an image and makes it more aesthetically pleasing to a viewer’s eyes. You must be wondering as to why merely a frame adds to the beauty to a picture? Well, it increases the depth of an image by adding further interest if the frame is thematically related to the object.

Ever thought as to what is the sole purpose of framing a picture?

Not only for external appeal but the purpose of framing is to also draw the viewer’s attention towards the subject which is done by manipulating the image’s viewpoint instead of the objects within, however, the ends are eventually at the artist’s discretion.

Framing, especially in arts of photography is primarily concerned with the perspective and position of the one viewing the image as the position plays a major role in determining the tremendous perception of the picture both in terms of aestheticism and interpretation of its meaning being portrayed. 

Certain factors determine the frame, they are as follows:

  • The elements in the foreground located along the sides of the frame to lead the eyes of the viewers onto the subject, this helps in establishing a more closed and spacious frame.
  • Depth of the field – This refers to the distance between the farthest and the nearest points in which an object can be brought in focus. The technique of selective focusing enables the photographer to check and decide on which area he should be focusing more.
  • White space – Aesthetic appeal in framing can be established by use of negative space as it allows a balance in the frame to positive space, however, this space is generally used in neutral or complementary backgrounds for drawing focus upon the central object.
  • Vignette – With this phenomenon, the brightness or saturation is diminished at the periphery of an image.
  • Distortion of perspective – This is an optical technique whereby, the lenses of different focal lengths are used to affect the distance perceived between the background and the foreground. Wider lenses invariably extend the distance and give an elaborate view of the background which can be used to reveal a detailed vision of the subject and the surroundings within the framework. On the contrary, longer lenses compress the distance for it can minimize the space perception within the frame.
  • Color and lighting – This is one immensely important aspect which determines the frame of an image, along with reflection and amounts of proximity.

There’s an ancient adage to photography which says that if you wish to improve your photographs, move closer! Having said that, you do get allusions as to how vital a frame is, hence, filling the frame from edge to edge leaves little doubt of what exactly the intended target was.