2014 Challenge, Week 29: COMPOSITION – FILL THE FRAME

This week we are going to try out a composition technique that encourages you to get up close to your subject – filling the frame. This week, try to do more than emphasize your subject — try to fill up as much of the frame as possible with your subject.

“Playing The Blues” by Jeremy Brooks

If you want to try this with a portrait, you may need to get closer than you would normally be comfortable with. But don’t be afraid! Get in close and don’t feel like you have to show all of the person — or even all of their face — in the frame.

Larger subjects in nature can also be good choices. Notice how the sunflower and peacock fill up the frame, emphasizing the subject matter.

“12.10.13” by Marie Coleman

“Fill the frame” by Nina Matthews


If you have a macro lens, or if your camera has a macro setting, you can get close to the subject, capturing details and filling the frame at the same time.

“Red” by TumblingRun


Manmade subjects are also a great option to fill the frame with. Depending on the size of the object, you might be able to stand back and still fill the frame.

“Living In Curves” by Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen

“Untitled” by Mònica Vidal


It might be helpful to use a zoom lens for this challenge. If you don’t have a zoom lens, don’t worry — you can always zoom with your feet! Don’t be afraid to get up close to your subject this week. Let’s see some filled up frames!

The rules are pretty simple:

  • Post one original (Your Image) shot each week per theme posted on this blog to Google+Facebook, or Flickr (or all three). Tag the photo #photochallenge.org. or #photochallenge2014.
  • The shot should be a new shot you took for the current weekly theme, not something from your back catalog or someone else’s image.
  • Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2014 Photo Challenge is fun and easy.

Now get out there and have some fun!

About Steve Troletti

I'm a Location Scout, Editorial, Nature, Wildlife and Environmental Photographer based in Malibu, California. I specialize in Nature and Urban Nature photography including Infrared Landscapes. The Bulk of my work takes place in the Los Angeles, California area, Greater Montreal Region, Canada, Switzerland, France and Varese in Northern Italy. Ethical wildlife photography is the main priority and focus of my work. A minimum disturbance of the animals, their habitat and the environment is my top priority. This applies as much to total wilderness areas as it does to urban nature environments. Ongoing education of environmental issues and building awareness for the protection of wildlife and wilderness areas around the world is what drives me to document the beauty that surrounds us.