Project: Looking through the viewfinder
25.1.11 Exercise : Fitting the frame to the subject (p.25).
The aims of the exercise were:-
- Find a subject that is clear in appearance, compact in shape and accessible from close to and from a distance.
- Get into a position to see the entire subject in the viewfinder and photograph as I normally would –without taking too much time to consider the composition.
- Take more care over the second picture, moving in and around to make the subject fit the frame as tightly as possible – right up to the edges if I could, but not beyond.
- Close in so that I can see none of the edges of the subject and photograph just a part of it.
- Move right back until the subject occupies only a small part of the frame and do my best to make a composition that stresses the surroundings. If the subject is easy to move consider placing it more effectively within its surroundings.
- Compare with the Workbook examples.
- Use either frames or the cropping tool and crop the picture using alternative possibilities.
It was a dull, damp day but I wanted to get on with the exercises. The easy way would have been to find something in the garden, but I wanted to be out and about with my camera. The day was pretty dark and I wanted something colourful. A red postbox came into mind first but then I thought of the local playground which could be a good place if it was empty (I didn’t want parents rushing up to me and asking why I was photographing their children as this is a very sensitive issue nowadays). I was in luck because there was only one young dad with his daughter and I waited until they had left. Read the rest of this entry »