Do you need some new ideas for framing and composing your images? Check out Murray White’s suggestions for taking things to the edge of the frame!
Writes Murray, "Think back to your last landscape photograph and consider which decisions were of such significance to the capture that you can recall them now.
"Your choices of lens, time of day and primary subject (or perhaps centre of interest) may readily come to mind. Other transient aspects such as witnessing an unexpected moment of beautiful light or the presence of a suitable cloud formation, could also be memorable for how they fed into your visual concept. We may recount many of the numerous inputs that result in the creation of an environmental image, but do we always remember how (and why) we framed the composition as we did?
"This is not an irrelevant question, because without an affirmative answer, we cannot fully stamp our photograph as a personal vision. Yes, we can claim ownership of our particular capture, but was its framing partly driven by where a viewing platform was located, or perhaps subconsciously inspired by a similar image seen on social media? Even if external factors didn’t influence the composition, there are likely to be other malleable, or perhaps instinctive factors at play when we ‘frame’ an image, and not all of them will be as transparent as choosing the most suitable aperture, for example.
"The process of framing is quite organic in nature and individuals may not be able to fully explain their decisions, even to themselves! How often do we zoom in or out, change viewpoint or swap from a horizontal to vertical capture, only to return to our original settings? The creation of a ‘perfect’ composition is challenging and Murray has a host of suggestions to help.
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