Sunday, 10 April 2011

I'm innocent! I have been framed!

Welcome to the magical world of photography where photos are folklores and photographers are the storytellers. I would say that taking great photos of people are the hardest. It is easy to take boring photos like the subject is placed at the dead centre of the frame, smiling inhumanly to the camera in an uncomfortable pose. But to take photos of people with honest facial impressions and in a natural pose is really a challenge for me. Picture worth moments only happens in a blink of the eye. You sometimes can't think that fast to frame the photo.

Some people may ask why I am talking about all these stuff. I am not like a pro photographer but I think that simple techniques of photography should be applied every time a picture is taken, even if the photo is taken using a camera phone as good photos are not judged by the camera it were shot but the content of the photo. Today I am going to talk about framing, it is probably one of the most important thing to do in taking any photo. Well it the term 'frame' in photography is not like doing bad stuff to someone like 'framing someone'. Then photographers are cold blooded murderers where they frame someone, then shoot him and then hang him on the wall. Framing is simply taking into consideration of the things you want to be in your picture when you are composing the photo. I once said a photo is like a book. It paints a thousand words. Framing the photo basically describing what the situation is all about. 

"Fikri Lost in Seoul" by Adzrin Mansor
In this photo we can see the primary subject, Fikri Ahmad is frowning upon a problem he his facing at a street near Gwanghwamun Station in Seoul. If I capture him alone, the photo will be about him, just frowning on something we dont know. But then I lift the frame upwards showing the large buildings behind, dwarfening him in a middle of a busy city. So this gives the impression of him being 'dwarfed' by the world and perhaps is lost. The secondary subject, Izmir Khalish, looks at a different direction like in search of a way to go. This further emphasises the effect of 'being lost'. Nice eh?

"Gwanaksan Photographer" by Adzrin Mansor
This is another photo sample taken at one of the peaks of Gwanak Mountain near Seoul National University. The photos taken up here usually tries to carry the meaning of 'this place is high, I have arrived at the top'. Framing is imperative here because photographers would want to convey the idea of the height of where they are now. Notice how I emphasise the height of where the subject, Aiman Ashari is standing? Its simply including the reference points needed for the feeling of height. Well, congratulations, you have an idea how to frame your photo. Framing actually have very wide variations.

Before we wrap up the post I would like to put forward two framing techniques commonly used in mobile photography. Mobile phones have limited angle, not like DSLR cameras that uses wide angle lenses, this is why careful framing techniques must be put into practice.
"The Hole 1" by Adzrin Mansor using an LG Optimus One
Looking at the photo, the photographer wants to tell the viewers there is a hole in the floor. But then people will ask, "how big is the hole" "where is this hole?" "whats that red building?"

"The Hole 2" by Adzrin Mansor using an LG Optimus One
This second shot gives people an idea of where the size and location of the hole by inserting a reference point in it. There you go. Happy shooting~

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