Since I am the judge this month for our Picture This contest, I am taking the opportunity to expand on my theme – Fill the Frame. Link to contest entry rules and previous post. Whether or not you intend to contribute a photo to the contest or just want to take stronger photos you will want to be mindful of filling your frame as fundamental to your composition.
Think of your photo as an artist thinks of a canvas, every part of it is meaningful and contributes to the overall story. Whether you frame up your photo in the camera or crop it later, think of the four edges as the edge of your canvas and find a composition to hold your viewer’s eye on your subject.
The gloriously scarlet orange pumpkin in the opening photo is all about color, there is no reason to show any edges. Note I have composed it so that the stem is off center and I can take advantage of the striations that are part of this heirloom Cinderella pumpkin, ‘Rouge vif D’Etampes’. Continue Reading →