Life is filled with beautiful moments that you will want to remember forever. In this sense, photography can really create magic! You can use your camera or smartphone to snap a moment in time and make it last forever. If your photo is good enough, it might even be worth framing it in a beautiful bespoke frame.
How to Take Frame-Worthy Photos
Taking a great photo isn’t a matter of luck, though. Professionals train for thousands of hours to hone their abilities and look at the world around them in a new way. Here’s a closer look at some of the best tips to help you take photos worthy of a bespoke photo frame.
1. Understand Your Camera
First things first, you’ve got to understand the device that you’re using.
Lots of photographers argue that gear doesn’t determine the quality of the photograph, but rather the skills of the photographer are most important. That may be the case, but you’ve got to understand your camera inside out if you’re going to capture amazing photographs.
Precious moments are often fleeting and you’ll find that they can disappear within seconds. This means you’ve got to practice accessing your camera, configuring the appropriate settings and getting off your shot in time.
There’s a lot of guidance around on the web that you’ll be able to find for your specific camera. Whether you’re using an iPhone or a high-end DSLR, you’ve got to be prepared. In fact, there are lots of tricks that you can use to get the most from your iPhone and capture some truly stunning photographs.
2. Plan Your Photos
There are some photographers who adore spontaneity and capturing candid moments. There are times, though, where you’ll be able to benefit from planning before the moment itself.
Let’s imagine that you’re going on holiday to Barcelona, for example. You’ll be able to think about the places you’ll be heading to beforehand and pay attention to some of the important factors below:
Perhaps you’ll have a visit to one of Barcelona’s many beaches planned – is there an interesting feature that you can incorporate to make the composition of your photo more interesting?
According to your itinerary, you’ll be on the beach around 5pm. Does this present and opportunities or challenges from a lighting perspective? Where is the sun going to be providing its light from, and will you be able to shoot in those conditions?
You’ll also want to think about your subject(s). If you’re going on a family holiday to the beach, you’ll want to make sure that everybody feels great and isn’t suffering from any sunburn!
These little touches can really help you to take your photographs to the next level and create some images that are worthy of a bespoke photo frame.
3. Use Simple Backgrounds
One of the simplest things that you can do to improve the quality and frame-worthiness of your photographs is to think about the background. You’ll most probably have a subject in the foreground of your shot, but what’s happening in the background?
You’ll often find that a busy background adds nothing to the photo. In fact, these backgrounds only take away – they pull attention away from your subject and remove any type of emotional impact that the photograph may have held.
When you’re out and about, try to think about the background. Are there large, colourful walls that you can shoot against? Will an endless horizon place emphasis on your subject?
Being mindful of the background will make your photograph look all the better once it has been framed.
4. Create Depth
One of the main ways that photographers manage to take great photographs despite a busy background is to add depth to the image.
High-end cameras are capable of creating a high depth of field, pushing the background away from the subject. This artistic sort of blur creates intrigue and a feeling of quality while highlighting the subject and signalling that it’s the focal point of the image.
Smartphones can achieve this too if they have the appropriate lenses. In fact, the iPhone X (and upward) does an incredible job of allowing photographers to adjust the depth of field on their photos after having taken it!
5. Make the Necessary Edits
Once you have snapped your photo, you’ll very rarely find that it’s ready to be sent for printing and framing right away – you’ll want to make some edits to get the most from your image.
There are lots of smartphones apps that can help beginners get to grips with editing and create the look that they’re going for. These apps require very little technical knowledge and it can be fun to play with the what-you-see-is-what-you-get editors.
Sometimes people have a tendency to go a little wild with those editors, though, when they might actually just want a simple and clean edit. If that’s the case, you might want to learn more about post processing or even hire a professional to give you a helping hand!
Some people may believe that these steps are surplus to requirements but taking the time to edit your photos can really make a huge difference to the quality and longevity of your photo.
6. Choose the Best Bespoke Frame
Now you’ve got the beautiful photo that you’ve been looking for, it’s time to think about the bespoke frame that it’s going to be displayed within. The frame is a part of the art itself and it can help to enhance the emotion and aesthetic of your photograph.
Here’s a look at just some of the key factors that you’ll want to consider when purchasing a bespoke frame for your photographs.
The size of your frame is important from a practical perspective. You’ll want to ensure that your photo is printed at an appropriate size to avoid any distortion – the maximum size will largely depend upon the device that you used to take the photograph.
The colour of your bespoke frame can really add or subtract from the impact of your image. You’ll want to choose a colour that fits well with the photograph and the environment the frame is going to be hung in. Feel free to experiment here!
Photographs do not have to be squares or rectangles – they can be anything you want them to be. Perhaps you can unleash your creativity and frame your photograph in an interesting shape that gets the most from your subject.
Your photograph needs to be protected, so you’ve got to think carefully about the type of cover you’re going to include on your frame. Acrylic options often give you the best chance of preserving the quality of your photograph for as long as possible.
This is an interesting topic – be sure to read our post on which materials are best for your bespoke picture frame.
Of course, the material of your bespoke photo frame is going to be very important. Thin black metal offers a modern look, for instance, while a thicker wooden frame appears more rustic. There are countless options for you to experiment with!
Work with the Best in the Business
Have you managed to take a photo that you’re immensely proud of? We can’t wait to see it! If you need help creating a bespoke photo frame for your masterpiece, be sure to get in touch with us today. It will be our pleasure to discuss your needs and find an amazing option for you.