Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Day three solution: Shooting a framed subject, part of 5-Day Photo Challenge: Composition.
- Welcome back to the Five-Day Photo Challenge. This is the solution to day three, which was framing. So I wanted you to go out and find some kind of element in the world and use it to frame your subject. I headed out with Rose to take a portrait because I had spotted something earlier that I thought might work as a framing device. Once I got started, it turned out to be much, much trickier than I thought for a couple of different reasons. I got all this dappled light in here, which was making things difficult, and also it's just hard figuring out the scale of how things should go.
I was using an 18-55 lens, so like the equivalent to a 24-70, so a basic walk-around lens, because I knew I was going to need some versatility and that I was going to want the option of changing the space in the scene by standing further back and zooming in. So I put her in a few different places and tried framing her with a few different things and changing her position relative to these shapes to get her more or less framed by them. Curiously, I think maybe what I liked best is when I got in closer and actually stopped framing her with these pieces of wood and just started framing her with the more abstract shapes of the plants behind her.
So I don't know if that's a cheat or not, I feel like I was still following the assignment. One thing that I really noticed as I was doing this was, I was starting to get a little trapped by my framing device. It was leading everything, and rather than me remembering that Rose was my subject and I was looking for a good portrait. So while a framing device can often times be the solution to an image, be careful when you're using them because they're very powerful and you can really get sucked into their geometry and forget to pay attention to the entire frame and get everything organized the way that you want.
So this is my shot that I liked from this. Please post yours so we can see what your keepers were from day three.
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