Filling The Frame, Bit By Bit

 
Even chaotic photos often need one visual element that binds the image together, or they may just look too careless and cluttered. Photograph/ Senthil Kumaran

Even chaotic photos often need one visual element that binds the image together, or they may just look too careless and cluttered. Photograph/ Senthil Kumaran

Simplicity is Key, But…
Sometimes, just one subject may not tell you the entire story. You may want to revel in the visual chaos, you may want to layer the story… or you may simply want to connect multiple threads to each other.

What’s the First Thing You See?
Ask yourself what is the first thing your eye catches. Is it your intended subject? Or is something else distracting attention? Change the frame and vantage point accordingly.

Keep a close watch at the corners of your viewfinder. Even one distracting element can ruin the picture. Photograph/ Raj Lalwani

Keep a close watch at the corners of your viewfinder. Even one distracting element can ruin the picture. Photograph/ Raj Lalwani

Trace and Connect the Elements
Do the various elements connect with each other, visually and geometrically? Things don’t just fall into place, you need to have plenty of patience. And after hours of prowling the streets and waiting, when the moment comes, you need to be ready!

Wide Lenses Help
They force you to go closer, right into the heart of action. Wide lenses usually have a larger depth of field too, allowing you to keep multiple elements sharp, thus establishing a conversation that runs between them.

This article originally appeared in the August 2014 issue of Better Photography.

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