Fill the Frame

January 19, 2018  •  12 Comments

Last week, I made a blog post about using the Rule of Thirds to produce interesting images. This week, I have another photo technique called Filling the Frame.  Filling the frame really just means getting in close to your subject. Many of us tend to be too far away from the item that is the focus of our image. This can leave too much area around the edges of our frame which often contains distractions which can lure the eye away. By getting in close, you remove many of those distractions, plus you let the viewer see the close up details of your subject. And who doesn't want to see those cute close up details of our pups or kitties! 

So how do you get in close? There are several ways.

The first way is to move closer to your subject! Get those feet moving and get closer. This particular method may not work with all dogs, since some dogs may not feel comfortable with you or your camera.

The second way is to use the zoom capability of your lens to zoom into your subject. This is great if the lens you are using gives you enough zoom capability.

The third option is to crop your image after you've taken the photo. This of course requires software that provides cropping options. This last option gives you the most flexibility since you can try cropping in numerous ways and can choose the best crop. 

Let's look at some before and after examples of Filling the Frame. In these first two examples, I cropped the images in photo editing software after the photo was taken. 

Thoughts? I think they both are much more interesting close up. You can see more details of the animals and many distractions have been removed, helping the viewer focus on your subject. 

Here are a few more examples of filling the frame. 

Don't be afraid to get in close. 

To see other examples of Fill the Frame, head on over to see the post from photographer Kate Falconer of Furry Toes Photos (servicing Santa Cruz, CA)

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Comments

Sam Adele(non-registered)
What fabulous examples! I'm in love with that last one - wow!
Darlene(non-registered)
Beautiful variety of examples! Love the horse image - amazing the change the crop makes - love the close up with the black background. That last pup is stunning!
Danyel(non-registered)
The last two BW images are my favorite. So cute!
Elaine(non-registered)
Beautiful examples. That last photo is wonderful.
Ashley Siemon(non-registered)
I love your take on the theme! I think the last photo is my favorite. The fluff almost makes a heart shape :)
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