Theme: Fill the Frame
This week we explore an alternative to traditional photographic composition.
In landscape photography it is common to include the horizon line, road or something else for context and perspective. But what happens if we don't divide the image with the horizon line, choosing instead to fill the frame with other elements?
Another way to think about this concept is extreme cropping. By filling the frame you are cropping details out of the image to create a different way to view the subject.
Filling the frame by zooming in on a subject provides the viewer with more detailed information, however, at the same time, it also omits visual information we would use to make sense of the whole image. In this way visual cues become enigmatic and mysterious, adding depth to your compositions.
Filling the frame is a great way to practice looking for alternative photographic compositions. Try these tips to help you on your way.
- Look for ways to change perspective away from the traditional view.
- Find something interesting in your subject to zoom in on.
- Think about how to create mystery by leaving things out of your images.