Studying and experimenting with composition is one of the fastest ways to elevate your photography. Subframing is a versatile technique that can be applied to many styles of photography. Here are some great tips for incorporating subframing in your images.
In this video, Ted Forbes of Art of Photography leads you through various ways of using framing to draw attention to your subject. He discusses several examples of effective implementation of subframing for portraits, architecture, and fine art imagery. He shows how to use negative space to avoid adding distracting elements to your composition and highlights the use of scale in subframing your subject.
One common misconception about subframing in composition is that the frame always needs to be in front of the subject. Forbes shows examples of images where the frame is either in front, on the same plane as, or behind the subject. This way you will not be limiting yourself to foreground or background elements when searching for elements to frame your image. Windows, doors, and people can all be used in different ways to create natural frames.
Experimenting with focal length and depth of field will allow you to vary the looks created using the same subject and framing elements. Working these tips into your next project allow you to stretch your creativity and create more compelling images that stand out.