Travel down New Orleans' historic St. Charles Avenue, and you will find hundreds of mansions framed by majestic southern live oak trees.
"The Jewel of America's Grand Avenues" provides an abundance of opportunities to practice the composition technique called natural frames or a frame within a frame.
In any photo, your viewer wants to know what is most important. You can make your subject stand out by framing it with another element in the picture.
Creating a frame can help lead your viewers' eyes to your focal point. In some cases, it can give them a path to follow to your intended destination. In other cases, your frame provides a border around the subject, telling your viewers that the most important part of the image is within these boundaries.
This is a technique often found on postcards and works well for travel photography establishing shots.
Many times you will find your natural frame in the foreground, but you can also use background elements as frames. Notice how the background feature of the ceiling arcs over the barrel.
Using the frame can help focus the eyes when there are potentially distracting items. You might not be sure that we are focusing on the bulldozer without the frame to direct your eyes.
Use a frame within a frame to lead your viewers or help them focus on your subject.
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Note: St. Charles Avenue is one of the many photo excursions destinations during our New Orleans Experience Photo Tours & Sightseeing Excursions.
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