Photo Tip

Photographer's tip: How to add framing to your photos

The Globe and Mail

Red cranberries surround and frame the worker at this farm in Richmond, B.C. Using a float boom, a Mexican migrant worker rounds-up floating cranberries as part of the harvesting process at a cranberry farm. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail/John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

Here is the tip for this week's Photo Desk assignment.

Photographers use framing as a way to bring attention to the main subject by isolating it from other distracting elements. It's an easy technique that adds interest, contrast and clarity to your photograph.

Try to find objects in your environment that can surround and engulf your subject. A frame in the foreground adds depth to your images. Things like windows, archways or anything that you can shoot through will work. These are typically easier to find and use in your photography. And since they're static, you can easily adjust the balance between the frame and the subject. See how the mood or tone of your photograph changes when subject is crowded by a dark frame, like in the surfer image above. Or draw attention to your subject by surrounding them in something softer, like the farmer surrounded by cranberries.

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Positioning the frame between you and your subject, either in focus or out, will add another layer to your picture. This can be bolstered by colours or patterns, making the subject stand out from its surroundings.