How to Photo Frame

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How to Photo Frame
Photo Framing By Ben Koelker | Mountain Weekly News

So this is a How to Photo Frame I took of some old mining ruins up in Mayflower Gulch in central Colorado. It is one of the most scenic and easy to access amphitheaters in Colorado, and the morning that my friend Justin McCartey and I were there last week, the light was about as good as it gets. I decided to frame the mountains through the windows of this old, broken down miner’s cabin and this was one of my favorite shots from the morning. To get a shot like this there are a few easy steps to follow that will help to create a great image.

1) Find something to frame the shot…
Sometimes easier said than done, but you can use things like trees, rocks, structures, etc. The best frames in my opinion are usable in the same way as a picture frame- it needs to create depth in the shot, as well as put the focus on the subject matter.

2) Decide where you want your focal point/ depth.
For this shot, I first tried focusing on the mountains in the background, and then the cabin window in the foreground. What I ended up with was a focal point somewhere in the middle, which used with a high f/stop (f/18), allowed for a lot of the image to be in focus. Things like Photoshop Photomerge could be used in this situation as well (one photo with the cabin in focus, the other with the mountains in focus, and both shots stitched together), but without a tripod, that is difficult to do…

3) Lighting
I used a camera flash to get the cabin to light up to a similar brightness as the mountains in the background. It was shaded on my side of the cabin, so using the flash was the only way to even out the lighting of the photo. In a situation using a flash when there are bright items in the shot (the mountains in the background with the sun shining on them), use a high f/stop to darken up the bright spots, which in turn also gives you a greater focal depth.

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