Photo Composition for Better Photography
Notes from the Web



In this case, framing does not refer to the photo frame, but to the framing that occurs within the photo. Foreground objects such as arches and doorways provide a natural frame for the subject or frame interior. Framing usually improves a picture.

Foreground frames can

  • Direct interest towards the subject, leading us into the picture.
  • Add scale, depth, and dimension to your photo
  • Provide a sense of where the viewer is

The framing object does not need to be in focus or even illuminated. If it were, it might distract the viewer from the intended subject.


Examples of objects that act as natural frames include trees and their branches, arches, windows, doors, portholes, canyon walls, and saddles between hilltops.