Apply framing 

We are used to seeing pictures and paintings in frames on the wall. In a photograph, you can make a natural ‘frame’ for your subject by using surrounding objects. This can create a sense of depth that makes the photograph more interesting.

 

Unframed subject
Pasifika Concert, Auckland, Norm Heke, 2009.
Pasifika Concert, Auckland, Norm Heke, 2009.

Framed subject
Samoa, Norm Heke, 2009.
Samoa, Norm Heke, 2009.

See how Brake has used framing in these two images.

 

Hong Kong. Taken for 'Hong Kong: Great cities' circa 1976, Brake, Brian (1927–1988), Hong Kong. Gift of Mr Raymond Wai-Man Lau, 2001. Te Papa
Hong Kong. Taken for 'Hong Kong: Great cities' circa 1976, Brake, Brian (1927–1988), Hong Kong. Gift of Mr Raymond Wai-Man Lau, 2001. Te Papa
Egypt circa 1966, Brake, Brian (1927–1988), Egypt. Gift of Mr Raymond Wai-Man Lau, 2001. Te Papa
Egypt circa 1966, Brake, Brian (1927–1988), Egypt. Gift of Mr Raymond Wai-Man Lau, 2001. Te Papa