Framing, or creating a frame within a frame, is a simple composition tool you can use to make your garden photos really stand out. And that’s what you want, right? Think of an actual picture frame. The sides of the frame surround an image to give it definition and draw in the viewer’s eye. You can use trees, leaves, flowers, people, fences, archways, windows, doors or almost any other natural or architectural element to frame the subject in your image and draw attention to it.
Creating a frame is as easy as looking around to see what’s available and repositioning yourself (or zooming in/out) to frame your subject in an interesting way. Look at the two images below. Both images were captured on a Saturday morning stroll through a local downtown garden. The first image is partially framed at the bottom. For the second image, I moved a little farther back in order to use the top branches of the tree to frame the window and to include the wreath in the story of this little old shed. Which image do you like best? Leave your answer in the comments!