Natural Framing — An Interesting Element Of Photographic Composition

There are so many compositions, and then so many styles of composition. How do you like your photographs in print, framed or unframed? It is interesting to see that a simple photograph when framed within a white margin on all sides generally appears more elegant and pleasing than its original. A frame helps draws the viewers’ attention to the subject. One style of photographic composition is natural framing.

Framing is a lesser known and practiced technique because of its very nature. Framing your subject in a natural frame not only draws viewer’s attention to the photograph, it also makes it more interesting while inviting different reaction from the viewer. It adds depth to the picture and places the subject in perspective of the foreground frame. Framing increases the interest while adding the missing dimension to the two dimensional image – the depth.

Framing is tricky is more than one ways. First it needs to be used judiciously, not every foreground element frames the subject. Second not every subject is complemented by a frame. However implemented correctly framing brings out some very interesting pictures. Try it out and tell us about it.

Check out the article on natural framing tips for getting creative ideas on using the natural frames.


  1. Framing is something that I love doing but I can’t ever seem to get that ‘wow’ factor with it, maybe I’m trying too hard or maybe I’m not trying hard enough.

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