The Most Important Tool In Your Photography Arsenal – The Ability to ‘Fill The Frame’

Something that I’ve been collecting over the years is a document filled with my favorite photography quotes. This document contains quotes from all the masters such as Angel Adams, Helmut Newton, and even modern contemporary photographers such as Annie Leibowitz. The one that I was looking at today comes from photography instructor Rick Sammon, and it really hit a chord with what I’ve been doing lately. The quote is “the name of the game is to fill the frame.”

So what does this mean? Well, have you ever been walking down the beach and seen a beautiful seashell? Sure you’re surrounded by ocean and sand, but in that moment all you see is a beautiful seashell. Your mind fixes its gaze, and only begins to focus on the detail in that shell. This is how, as photographers, we should use our tools to draw the viewer’s eye, emotions, and perception. As a photographer, we should use this concept to get close and fill the frame.

Being up close and personal to a subject brings the viewer in. This technique allows us to lean forward and examine all the small details that make up the wondrous object before us. Filling the frame offers a sense of completeness, clarity, inclusion, and comfort. We essentially “dive in,” and experience the true essence of what the subject has to offer.

This theory of “to fill the frame” can be applied to any and all forms of photography that you run into. Landscape, macro, portrait, architecture, product, wedding, lifestyle… You should always “fill the frame.”

Why…because in today’s world, there is no use for extraneous material. There’s no need for clutter. We must be taken to the exact point of interest that you as a photographer are trying to show, and include nothing else.

This theory of course, is not a “hard and fast law.” It is only a theory… Another tool in your arsenal in order to most efficiently and effectively broadcast your message.

An example of this would be photographing a lone bird on a telephone pole. What emotions are you trying to show? If it’s aloneness, and you want the viewer to feel a sense that the bird is the only thing in its environment… Do you think you should “fill the frame?” Probably not. You would most likely want to frame the bird with lots of open space around it to evoke this emotion. So of course, use your best judgment.

I hope the theory of “filling the frame” is helpful in your pursuit and journey of opening your mind and sharing your imagery with the world. Take it, move forward and enjoy.

Lucas Martling is the founder of he teaches photographers how to maximize their efforts in photography, post-processing, social media, and running a successful photography business. His latest program titled “The Photography Social Media Formula” is in it’s final stages for release.

A Picture Can Say a Hundred Words, Yet the Wedding Photography Prices Can Cost Thousands

A wedding is a fabulous celebration of two souls and families coming together. There will be several moments on this momentous day that you will want to freeze in your mind. The best of photographs can be taken with the help of the wedding photographer. For price quotes call them way before big event. This will enable you to get the best of photographs at the least cost involved.

If you are going to have a professional wedding planner doing all the planning for you, then they will certainly be able to negotiate a good enough deal for the wedding photography packages. They are the ones who know the photographers and will be able to anchor you one swell deal for sure. Also, they would have developed a good relationship with the photographer so what you will get is certainly a saving on the photography and good enough pictures.

The wedding photography quotes can also come to you in the form of special packages that the photographer offers. There are several couples who are willing to pay a substantial amount to have these moments etched in time. The wedding photographers quotes will allow you to be able to select the right photographer based on the price, the professionalism and the word of mouth publicity. Most photography prices for weddings range from budget to intermediate range to upscale. The highest could be anywhere from $5000 to $10,000. But every penny that you spend on the wedding photographs is going to be worthwhile for certain.