Using natural frames for your subject framing

To help you compose more exciting and beautiful photographs, there are certain key photography composition techniques that you can use. One of them – using natural frames is a great way to “spice up” your photos.

What does that mean in reality? Natural framing is when you use an element within your image to actually frame your subject. It can be anything – branches, trees, tunnels, door frames etc.. There are many different reasons why you would want to use natural framing – for example to create a feeling of a self-contained image, particularly if you are photographing something ordinary and simple, a frame will help give depth to the subject.

Natural framing can be a bit hard to pull off well. Remember that you are in control of how the viewer sees the image, so be careful – if your subject is boring, no technique is going to fix that.

A few examples photos where I have used natural framing for my subjects: