There are a few simple techniques you can use to improve your garden photos, and framing is one of them. Framing refers to using elements within the scene to create a ‘frame’ around your subject. The point of framing is to draw the viewer’s eye into the photo and directly toward your subject. It’s really easy, you’ll see.
You can intentionally place objects like garden gloves, seed packets or a trowel in a photo to create a frame. However, I prefer to frame using objects that are present naturally like branches, fences, plants or raised bed edges. When using framing to enhance your composition, remove any items inside the frame that will distract the viewer from what’s important. The key to framing is to emphasize your subject.
In the photo below, the old woody stems of my hydrangea bush naturally frames the new spring growth bursting through the ground.
In the following photo, I crouched down to use the edges of the raised bed to create a partial frame around the lettuce I planted a few days earlier.
Again, I got low, down on my knees, to get the edges of nearby shrubs to frame hostas poking up from the mulch.
You see, it’s easy to improve the composition of your garden images by using naturally occurring objects to frame your subject. So tomorrow, grab your camera, head out to the garden and give it a shot!