Robert Capa once said “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” Photography courses, books, schools, etc will often tell you to “fill the frame”.
I experimented with this principle a lot last year. This portrait of Jenine was one of the results, and is one of my favourite images of all time. She is beautiful, and pushing in and filling the frame really shows this in my opinion.
Camera Speak: d80, shot at f/7.1, Lit with two softboxes (camera left and right…. you can see the catchlights in her eyes).
For this portrait of the ever so awesome Jenny, however, I wanted to create a sense of power. The leading lines of the dock drew my eyes into the centre of the image, where we put Jenny in a strong stance.
Camera Speak: d7000, shot at f/8 at 1/320th. This underexposed the sky and saturated the blues a little bit more. Jenny is lit with a bare, handheld SB flash that is camera left, pointed directly at her face. I had one of Jenny’s friends hold the flash.
Push in close and fill the frame, or use the surrounding environment to draw you in to the main subject of the photograph? What are you trying to achieve?