Nov 24 2009

Close Ups – Filling the Frame

Published by at 9:58 pm under General

Normally, a photograph is composed of one or more subjects (not necessarily human) in the foreground, and everything else in the background. Based on all these elements, an observer will be able to recognize, the subject, the environment, and the message. All this is good, but what if another impact on the observer is desired? What if you want to leave little hints, in order to keep him guessing?

From a scenic point of view, taking a photograph of a subject filling a small area in your frame may leave you with many empty spaces that if not effectively used, will render your photo boring. An effective remedy to this is to fill the frame with your subject, so as to get rid of these empty spaces.

Moving closer to your subjects can make your photo more interesting by removing the surroundings altogether. Take zoo photography as an example. With a normal composition, you will probably include the animal, the cage, and maybe some spectators. Getting rid of all the element except for the animal itself, may make the photograph look as if it was taken in the wild. Another common use of close-ups is to make the observer use his imagination to come up with different stories from a single photograph .A close-up on two hands holding each others will strike a certain emotion that may be different from one person to the other, depending on his experience. The focus here is on the action being performed, rather than who is performing it.

Of all types of close-up photographs, portraits are the most famous. Sure you can take a great portrait with your subject in an interesting environment, but you can also get a very nice one too with just focusing on him. A portrait in which your subject fills the whole frame gives some sort of a personalized feeling. Getting even closer to just include the face – sometimes with eye contact – can bring a feeling of amicability, as if you were staying face to face with the subject. Close-ups on other body parts produce great photos too; they may create an abstract feel, or emphasize a certain action.

Even with still life, close-ups work great. Getting close to object show new details that are not obvious when photographing from a distance. This is particularly important when photographing products and machine parts.

Zooming and cropping are the tools used to create close-ups. Cropping allows you to cut any part you want from any photograph, making it flexible to carefully choose your composition, but you have to know that the image size will be smaller than the original.

As you can see, close-ups open a new door for your creative expression using photography. So use your imagination, and make your audience use theirs.

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