The art of framing your subject using doorways, overhanging branches, winnows, and the like, can give your image a sense of depth and size. Using objects in the foreground can help establish the size of an object therefore giving a sense of scale.

Below are some great examples. As you can see there is landscapes, cityscapes, and lots of other uses for this technique. Here is a link to even more examples on our Pinterest page

Add depth with layers of content.

It adds depth to the image. It takes us from the foreground and into the background, giving it a 3rd dimension. sometimes its not just a foreground frame and background, sometimes it can have many layers that help to give that sense of depth.

Photo by JJ Ying on Unsplash

Directing the eye

we use these frames as a way to direct the eye into the image and where we want the viewer to look. we frame things on the wall so that they will be made more obvious, the same goes for framing in photography.

Photo by Zach Woolf on Unsplash

Where are you?

this technique can also give the image some context, particularly when you are shooting travel images. we can see more of the close up architecture as well as the scene beyond.

Photo by Dawid Zawiła on Unsplash


Photo by Cameron Kirby on Unsplash


Framing is just one of many elements that we can use in our images to engage the viewer. Consciously using Framing will enhance your photography and lift your skill level. Lets recap on the important point here.

  • Add depth and layers of interest.
  • directs the eye to what you want it to see.
  • puts the image into context and lets us know where you are.

We love to give credit where credit is due and we love using our own images and images from  Here is a list of images sources from this post.

Image by Melissa Neumann

Unsplash photographers used in this post:

JJ Ying

Zach Woolf

Dawid Zawiła

Cameron Kirby