Behind the image: frame your shot for super compositions

Peter Fenech
(Image credit: Peter Fenech)

Composition is arguably the most important aspect of any photography - even if the exposure or focussing is a little off, a great composition can still inspire the viewer independently. This effect can be seen in many vintage photographs, taken by some of the 'masters' of the medium, shot decades ago on large format film. When framing any image it is critical to consider not just the subject but the environment it sits within. This approach is what can separate a professional shot from a mere snapshot. 

For this image I had a tough decision to make - mount a telephoto lens on my camera and zoom in to frame the Paris skyline tightly, or try to capture more of the foreground. The latter choice seemed like the better one since I was standing on the steps of Sacre Coeur - one of the most impressive landmarks in Northern Europe! Why waste it!?

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Peter Fenech

As the Editor for  Digital Photographer magazine, Peter is a specialist in camera tutorials and creative projects to help you get the most out of your camera, lens, tripod, filters, gimbal, lighting and other imaging equipment.

After cutting his teeth working in retail for camera specialists like Jessops, he has spent 11 years as a photography journalist and freelance writer – and he is a Getty Images-registered photographer, to boot.

No matter what you want to shoot, Peter can help you sharpen your skills and elevate your ability, whether it’s taking portraits, capturing landscapes, shooting architecture, creating macro and still life, photographing action… he can help you learn and improve.