The Frame – Intro

May 9, 2011 ·

John Paul Caponigro

Frame

The most important four lines of any image are the ones that are often least recognized consciously – the frame. (Non-rectangular frame shapes are quite rare, while they exert a modified influence over the visual dynamics at work within the image, the influence of the frame is still extreme.) Part of learning to make successful compositions is learning to become more conscious of the frame and how to use the forces it exerts on your images for desired effects.

Use of the frame qualifies the concerns of the author. The frame delimits what’s in or out of an image. The frame exerts a strong visual influence on the viewer. Its proportion exerts a psychological influence on the viewer and may guide him or her to looking in specific ways. It determines orientation. It can be used to emphasize and deemphasize elements contained within it. It can contain, modify, or create shape. It determines relative position. Dividing it can produce many strong visual effects.

The frame is incredibly important. Its power should never be overlooked or underutilized.

Empty Frame

John Paul Caponigro

John Paul Caponigro is a pioneer among visual artists working with digital media. His art has been exhibited internationally and purchased by numerous private and public collections including Princeton University, the Estée Lauder collection, and the Smithsonian. John Paul combines his background in painting with traditional and alternative photographic processes using state-of-the-art digital technology. A form of environmental art in virtual space, his work is about the perception of nature and the nature of perception. His life’s work is both a call to connection with nature and a call for conscientious creative interaction with our environment during a time of rapid change. Respected as an authority on creativity, photography, and fine art printing, he is a highly sought-after speaker, lecturing extensively at conferences, universities, and museums, in venues as diverse as Photoshop World, MIT, Google, and TEDx. He leads seminars and workshops around the globe. John Paul’s work has been published widely in numerous periodicals and books including Art News and The Ansel Adams Guide. Author of the video training series R/Evolution and the book Adobe Photoshop Master Class, for over twenty years he has been a contributing editor to a variety of magazines and websites including Camera Arts, Digital Photo Pro, The Huffington Post, andApple. John Paul is a member of the Photoshop Hall of Fame, an Epson Stylus Pro, and an X-Rite Coloratti. His clients include Adobe, Apple, Canon, Epson, Kodak, and Sony.

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