#05 Frame It With Your Eyes

Let’s review all the decision related to the frame you as a food photographer need to make:

  • What should be included in the frame?
  • What should be excluded from the frame?
  • Where should the main subject be in reference to the frame?
  • Where should I place other elements in relation to the main subject?
  • Should the frame be vertical or horizontal?

  • Step 1 – Choose the subject from your list you created on Day 2.
  • Step 2 – Set up the subject and the props/background you plan to use. Do not change this setting in the entire assignment.
  • Step 3 - Get ready to shoot the first photo. Decide how you want to orient the frame – horizontal or vertical. Which type would you use and why? If the answer is I don’t know, that’s okay. Pick one.
  • Step 4 – Next decide where would you like to place the subject inside the frame. You can try placing the subject on the “thirds” as defined in rule of thirds. Or you could decide to place the subject on the edge or cut a portion of the subject by pushing it outside the frame. Again, chose one placement. If you can’t decide., pick any one.
  • Step 5 – In step 3 & 4 you’ve made decisions about frame orientation and where to place the subject relative to the frame. Now keeping these two decisions in mind, shoot one photograph. Only one.
  • Step 6 – Change the frame orientation and change the placement and shoot at least 5 different photographs.
  • Step 7 – Post the photograph from Step 5 and the best photo from Step 6

The first choice was to photograph colourful fresh raw fruits. I love the fresh colours and great light. All subjects are main subjects :)


The second choice for me was this homemade delicious low carb bread with seeds, butter, boiled eggs and salt. I tried different frames and these two are my heroes. My main subject in this case is bread. I don't use any specific rule for framing...I like intuition feelings. But I have to say, that Golden Section is my favourite rule.