Are we talking about frames in my


No, I am talking about “Framing” your

landscape photos !

photo by Arches National Park

We have seen some of the famous “Arches” of “Arches National Park” in Southern Utah.  Now take a look at this photo and see how much better it looks to see it with a frame or something in the foreground to frame the subject in the background.  The idea is to have some sort of visual frame in the foreground that surrounds the subject you want to draw the viewer’s attention toward (the “star” of your photo).  It will add more to your photo, and will probably win you more awards if you are up against any competition.

Photo by: Lanny Cottrell

Even some of the great sunset photos can have so much more depth, more feeling of presence if you give it a foreground.  Sometimes it is hard to find a foreground in putting this in your photos, but, I knew a photographer who used to carry a branch from a tree in his car so that if the right scenery shot came along, and he couldn’t find a good tree to put in the foreground, he would pull the branch out of his car trunk and put that up for a foreground.  It is that important to creating a good depth or presence to the scenery shot he was taking.

Photo by:  Lanny Cottrell

A common framing device is to have your main subject positioned somewhat in the center of the photo and in the foreground you will have large tree trunks going up either side of the image and branches going across the top to effectively frame the subject and draw the eye to it.

Another popular framing idea is to shoot from inside a building (old beat up barns work well for this) and have your main subject framed in the door or window.

photo by Nancy <I’m gonna SNAP!

So, be creative in your framing.  Find something in the foreground as you look at the background.  The photos will mean so much more.  Take a look at some of the famous paintings that were done and notice the same thing was done in those too.  It is an artistic touch that is still a work of art today.



This is a magnificent mountain, but, it’s almost boring without the foreground.  Look around as you take these scenery photos and find a tree, a brush, some tall grass, even a person would help make the scenery photo a better photo.
Article written by: Lanny Cottrell
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