Stories Of The Everyday - Growth

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When we announced March’s Stories Of The Everyday theme as GROWTH, it seemed pertinent to us, as Olive was in the full throes of teething. With those bright red cheeks, grizzles, and her constantly wanting to put anything on those gums to give a little relief. And as March waned, a small peak of tooth emerged. A bright white shard that we keep getting glimpses of with her big smile, or through wide mouthed cries as it pushes just a bit further. These themes are here to be interpreted just as you like. Maybe it was the first signs of spring peeping through that inspired you to press the shutter, or your own personal journey, a project you’re working on, or maybe the littles in your life you wanted to capture for GROWTH. We’ve put together a selection below, a cross section of some of your lovely posts.

And if you’d like to join us for April, the theme is WONDER. Just use the hashtag #storiesoftheeveryday_wonder, it would be nice to see you there. And if you think someone else would like to join in, do let them know!

Stories Of The Everyday - Frames

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From some of the conversations we’ve had this month, people are really enjoying having a theme to work to. It can help to focus your mind when you’re out and about with your camera to have a topic in mind. So February’s theme was FRAMES. For us, in our photos, we’re always trying to create a feeling of depth, something to lead a viewer into an image. We’re all taking images in 2D of a 3D scene which can sometimes look flat, but using various compositional elements can really help to create that depth. So we thought it would be great to experiment with one of these elements - FRAMES! 

Thanks to everyone who joined in. Here are a selection of the frames you experimented with. As we run this monthly challenge on Instagram, we’ve credited and linked images to Instagram accounts. We have just launched our monthly theme for March too. Find out more about it after having a gander at the frame shots…

We’ve loved looking through these and see what you’ve been experimenting with. So, we’ve just announced our March theme and it’s GROWTH. It’s always good to see different people’s interpretations with themes like this. From early spring bulbs and buds, little ones, personal growth, baby bumps, teething (we’re in the thick of this at the moment!), whatever you’d like. Just tag your photos with #storiesoftheeveryday_growth and we’ll share all the photos in a blog at the end of March. Happy growing!!

Stories Of The Everyday - Frames

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For us, in our photographs, we’re always tying to create a feeling of depth. We’re taking images in 2D of a 3D scene, and using various compositional elements in photos can really help to recreate this. So we thought it would be great to experiment with one of these elements for our next Stories Of The Everyday monthly theme.

You have the frame of your actual image, but we wanted to explore FRAMES within that frame. We’re thinking trees, windows, mirrors, shooting through objects, using people in the foreground, doorways, curtains. Once you start seeing frames around you, both indoors and out, it can really help bring your images to life. We wanted to share a few examples that you might like to try. We hope it gives you a bit of inspiration to go out there and try your own frame shots. We’d love to see your photos this month using the hashtag #storiesoftheeveryday_frames

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Thanks to our friend Dean for braving the cold so I could take the following shots, using the frame of the car windscreen.

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And switched focus between the two for a different feel.

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I used the frame of the doorway into Olive’s room to take a before and after shot…

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You will often see this technique below on TV or in films. When 2 people are having a conversation, the camera position is often over the shoulder of one of the characters. When the conversation shifts, the shot changes to over the shoulder of the other character. It’s a great technique to lead your eye in, frame, and create depth. I framed over Suzi’s shoulder with the washing clothes horse blurred out in the background left.

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Framing can be coupled with other compositional elements, for example, leading lines…

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And I love how you can subtly frame a subject by shooting through something. More often than not for me, this is leaves. I have the leaves pretty much touching the lens, get right in there!

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There’s nothing subtle about this frame, those silver birch trees made the perfect window.

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If you’ve just got your phone, try it there too. I held my phone right up to this wooden post to shoot through to the view on the opposite side of the valley.

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We went for a little walk around our village looking for different frames. We knew there were some strong stone frames at the church, but I found this frame of light too.

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Once you start seeing frames, it can really lift your photography. You’ve probably already been using them, but maybe this post will whet your appetite for trying a few more! We hope you find it useful, we’d love to hear your thoughts, and of course, see your photos! The hashtag to use on Instagram is #storiesoftheeveryday_frames. We’ll do a round up of all our shots at the end of the month.

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