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Photography lesson: Fill the frame!

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Photography lesson: Fill the frame!

Hello you. So if you’re playing Photo A Day you might have noticed that the prompt is Fill The Frame. It’s a photography lesson prompt so that you can learn, stretch and grow, and try new things with your photography. Plus it’s fun to try new things.

This is such an easy, and cool technique to try. It doesn’t require fancy lenses or anything special, all you need are your feet and a camera/phone.

Filling The Frame simply means to fill your photograph with more of the subject. So instead of having negative space, or worrying about composition, you’re going to get closer {that’s where your feet come in, WALK, move closer} and snap it a little closer up.

This means that you’re removing any distractions. When we look at your photo we’ll see the subject matter and that’s it. We won’t be distracted by anything other than what you’ve taken a photo of.

Here’s an example of filling the frame. The first picture of the flower is a standard photo, with a little negative space to draw your eye to the flower. The flower below it is the same flower but closer up. It fills up the whole photograph.

Photography lesson: Fill the frame!

Here’s a photo I took of Lacey holding a bunch of flowers. I took the photo from a distance so I could get most of her in it, and the flowers. Then I took a few steps in and snapped her closer up, filling the frame.

Photography lesson: Fill the frame!

Do you get the idea?

So, here’s what you want to do:

♥ Try and eliminate any distractions in your photo. Fill it with as much of the subject as possible.
♥ Use your feet. Take a step closer and snap your photo. Practice on your pet, if you have one. Instead of taking a photo of all of your cat, just snap a photo of it’s face. This is a great picture of a dog, which fills the frame.
♥ If you’re taking a photo of a person, come in close. You could take a photo of a child’s beautiful closed eye and striking eyelashes. You take a picture of just their face. Experiment a little.
♥ A great way to play around with Fill The Frame is to head to the fruit and vegetable shop and take photos of food on display. The fruit is all similar colour, and shapes, so it means there’s no real focal point. You can get in close and take a snap of the food. I love this example of cut up fruits.
♥ You can always crop in later. Perhaps you take your photos and realise that you’ve not gone in close enough. Just crop it! Take out any distractions by cropping the photo before sharing it.

I hope you have fun!

  • thissss. i was always taught not to fill the frame but sometimes i feel like the photos i take that do end up some of my favorites!

    xo, allie
    wellhellosugar.com

  • Oh I love this! Such a nifty little tip. Definitely going to practice filling the frame more often. x

  • Such a simple tip that makes a HUGE difference. Thank you!
    http://relishingthyme.com/

  • Love this Chantelle an amazing tip to share. Thank you V x

  • Such a simple tip. Love it. It’s like this method gives you a chance to imagine something that’s not there. Something on the outer edge. And would you look at your girl? All grown up. Naaaw.

  • I cannot wait to try this out on Friday 🙂

  • What a great tip, it’s something that’s so easy to do and will transform your photos.

  • Love your photography tips, you make it so simple and achievable x

  • Just had to have a look before I got camera happy – Love that photo of Lacey – BOOTIFUL!

  • oh pretty Lacey!

  • Loved this photography lesson. Sometimes we just need a reminder to think outside the box. I’m not sure if this is okay but I’ve linked my blog where I’ve posted my take on this project. https://notsoseriousgirl.wordpress.com/

  • These look great. I have never thought about filling in the frame so to speak. I’m going to give it a go. Thanks for the tip 🙂

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