Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Dividing The Frame
Go beyond the Rule of Thirds to create dynamic compositions with layers of depth and elements of interest
|This Article Features Photo Zoom|
There are many ways the frame can be divided. You can divide the frame horizontally, vertically or diagonally; in each case, the layers included define the virtual space presented. Different areas in an image can be divided differently. You can divide the frame (or a frame within the frame) multiple times; the more times the frame is divided, the more packed and dynamic it becomes, progressively growing more design-oriented and finally being reduced to pure texture. Each operation has significant consequences.
The only way to understand this intuitively is to explore your options. The development of new possibilities encourages us to ask new questions and develop new habits.
2a, 2b) Before and after retouching
When it comes to controlling the division of the frame in your images, you have more options available to you than you may think. You can crop, composite, retouch or distort.
Cropping, either through placing the frame during exposure or by eliminating framed information during postprocessing, which changes the aspect ratio, has been the most traditional way of dividing the frame.
Compositing to extend the frame is a comparatively new practice that has become widely adopted, typically used to produce images with panoramic formats, but not exclusively.
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