Take your time framing
Nikon D700, ISO 200, 24mm, Tilt Shift, f/3.5

Framing your scene is an important part of photography. It is often overlooked as such a crucial part of the process. There are many times where a photograph is captured but the one part that hurts the quality is the framing or crop.

I can not stress this enough:  Take your time framing.  Unless you are rushed for some reason, there should be no reason you can’t take an extra minute or two to visualize and adjust.

Anyone can take a picture…a person with a passion sees the picture before it’s taken. – Anonymous

In the the photograph you see below, there were so many ways I could frame the scene.  I was using the Nikon 24mm PC-E (Tilt Shift) lens which increases the number of ways to frame.   In the end, I put the camera low to the ground while on the tripod, angled it up and tilt the lens just enough to add extra depth to the stairs.

Nikon D700, ISO 200, 24mm, Tilt Shift, f/3.5
Nikon D700, ISO 200, 24mm, Tilt Shift, f/3.5

Photography is my passion. – Alfred Stieglitz

So as I said, take your time and think it through before you click the shutter.  It will not only improve that photograph, but it will improve your photography in general just by putting that extra bit of passion in your work.

Thanks for reading and happy shooting,


This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Love the photo! Thanks for the reminder about taking the time to frame a photo!

    1. Thank you very much for the comment Shelley. Glad to share!

  2. Thanks for the reminder…I shall do just that!

    1. My pleasure!

  3. Couldn’t agree more – a little time take sorting things out at the shoot saves a lot of tim in post.

    Really nice TS image too – great work!

    1. Thank you Mark. Appreciate the comment!

  4. Good post. I think it speaks to having patience during the creative process overall.

    1. Thank you Trudy. You are so very right about patience throughout the entire process.

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