Filling the Frame


  • Most pictures fail to be interesting because the main subject is too far away or it is surrounded by distracting objects.
  • Filling the Frame is a powerful composition tool. To fill your frame you can:
    • Move closer
    • Zoom in
    • Crop your image in Photoshop

  • You will see some examples of Filling the Frame in a Flickr gallery
    • Repetition
    • Texture
    • Colour
    • Faces
    • Pets
    • Animals
    • Bugs
    • Flowers


  • 3 Filling the Frame pics
  • Your subject can be anything you choose!
  • The only criteria is that your photos make me say "wow!"
  • Take at least 25 Fill the Frame shots
  • Get peer feedback to choose your best 3
  • Frame and hand-i


1) Correct Content

Do your photos feature Filling the Frame as the main factor that makes them interesting?

2) Wow! Factor - 60 marks

Get closer and even closer. Zoom in, way in. Don't be afraid to cut off part of a face, flower, or object. Find really interesting subjects. Use shutter speed, aperture, rule of thirds, focus, and correct exposure to add to the wow! factor. Use the Elements and Principles of Design as well.

3) Professionalism

Professionalism is based on the attention paid to the accurate and careful presentation of the final project. Marks will be deducted from your skills/technical if your work is not submitted by the due date.

  • 3 electronically submitted photographs
  • 2 paragraph journal entry in Google Docs - what you learned about Filling the Frame
  • images must be re-sized: longest side = 10 inches
  • canvas must be re-sized: short side increased to 8 inches
  • images must be 180 dpi
  • images must be in maximum quality JPG format
  • Images must have a frame.
  • Add a title outside the frame: lower center
  • Add a date outside the frame: lower right
  • Add a your name outside the frame: lower left

Name your photos in the following way :

  • username_fill1.jpg
  • username_fill2.jpg
  • username_fill3.jpg

4) Journal Entry

Write a 3 paragraph entry.

- Describe each of your 3 photos. What Elements and Principles of Design are present?

- How did you make your images interesting and attractive? What choices did you make?

- What did you find challenging about this assignment? What did you learn?