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| p.1 #1 · Moving my thoughts away from posing for a minute |
Framing the subject...now I need a refresher on this again. Specifically, I am referring to posed photos only...
So, what I often do is rule of thirds, often horizontal (need to do more vertical framing)...with rule of thirds and horizontal framing, I find myself doing shots like having her wrap arms around his neck and focusing on the ring, focusing on her face...or full body shots, or waist-cutoffs, or sometimes closer...but I am now bad at making compositionally good tighter framings except occasionally face-to-face (often with backlight), silhouette, etc...which backlit framing incidentally throws my lens AF off most times.
I also put them on a right/left corner of horizontal framing, usually cutoff around around chest...but this creates distortion (especially fat arms) with anything less than 50/85mm.
With vertical framing, I basically don't remember how to do effective full-length portraits anymore. Anything I do here frequently gets framed where the waist or abdomen is the cutoff point.
Basically, I have forgotten how to do good framing and cutoff points. As I was culling a set of photos yesterday, I saw some of that old experimentation I used to do...but some of the ideas were horrendous and I had to throw out the entire set of frames because they were just without purpose, were uninteresting, etc. This happened probably 2-3 times within that particular shoot. It seems that, in my attempts to try to experiment again, I've also ended up trying pointless/ineffective ideas that I should not be wasting time with.
As I said, seems like I have forgotten how to do good framing. Tony's use of lines, walls, and framing within the frame to draw the eye to subjects has always been very good IMO, but I haven't been able to understand very well how to achieve similar effects.
I seem to do a large amount of waist/midriff cropped framing, and a lot of chest-height framing.
This time...I'm actually going to show samples from one of my most recent shoots that I did some experimenting with - and also had many dry spells of creativity:
In this one, I notice that I tilted him toward her with all the lines and framing. I'm not sure I should have done that. I also think that somehow I could have put them in a much better position relative to the lines, but I can't seem to think of the better option.
This is an experimental type of shot I have been doing a bit lately, sometimes with the groom's eyes (or more) cropped out of the frame. Seems like I framed her eyes in center this time, I don't know how I could have framed better but I have reservations about this too...
Possibly my favorite of the whole set (or one of them), because of the backlit flare. I probably should have tried to avoid the flare on his face.
Another experiment, I basically could not figure out how I should frame this idea at all. Quite possibly a set of photos that I should not have taken...my full-body stuff is often lacking (partly due to posing knowledge deficiency).
Looking at it now, perhaps this is actually the opposite of a leading line - although them being on the right side of the frame is more keyed to those who read from left to right. I don't know if this is appropriate framing or not.
I do this type of shot often, usually have to watch out for big shoulders so often shot from above, always have to frame them in mid-bottom (controlling fisheye distortion), and usually with ambient light instead of the flash I used this time. Wondering if there are other framings for a similar shot that would work without distorting them badly...
Watch out for big front hand, 24 or 35mm - distortion of the hands in bottom right was actually reduced a little in photoshop. This is a common framing I use for having the Vegas background - them towards left/right edge, vertical framing. Any suggestions to improve it are welcome...
I experiment with this type of shot often, but the light in this specific situation wasn't as good as I would like. Ideas on this also extremely welcome -
Similar framing concept (and better overall image IMO, though not sure how to duplicate the good parts) from a previous shoot:
Not sure, this seems fairly good overall to me, not sure if anything is specifically wrong with this shot...
Corner framing, others without arm in photo might be better...
This is just a small sample set and does not reflect all of my framings, but I really need/want some suggestions about framing differently, more effectively, how you frame things, etc...