Tip Nº8 – Fill the frame


One of the easiest ways to make an image stronger is to fill the frame with the main subject of your photograph. You can do this by zooming up to it, or by getting physically closer. This means that the person looking at your photo will focus completely on the subject. Be careful that your image is clear and sharp, especially in the details.

This type of shot is great for markets, food, crafts, portraits and details. Patterns or repetitions can be emphasized and by excluding other information giving context, you can also make some great abstract photos using this technique.

If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.

 – Robert Capa –

Getting closer and filling the frame helps you become more involved and intimate with the subject.

Here are some examples:

Nature and landscape

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(Lichen on stone wall, Estado de México; small stone on Bocana beach, S. Oaxaca, close-up of cactus, Mexico City; jacaranda tree, Mexico City)

Markets and crafts

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(Beaded design by Voladores de Papantla, Mexico City; glasses in shop, Colonia Roma; embroidered flower on dress, Oaxaca; black pot, Mexico City)


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(Mexican sauces, Mexico City; roasted corn on the cob, Mexico City; tortillas cooking, Queretaro; sweet sticky apples, Mexico City)


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(Mounted policeman’s spurs; Day of the Dead display; colorful trajineras at Xochimilco; sawdust carpets made by Tlaxcala artisans – all in Mexico City)


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(Young mother with her child, Mexico City; baby girl in the Kangaroo Care scheme, Tlalnepantla Hospital; small boy playing the accordion in the streets of Queretaro; Mariachi, Mexico City; charro and horse, Mexico City)


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(Orangutan at the zoo, Mexico City; chameleon, Mexico City; puppy, Condesa; peacock from behind, Dolores Olmedo Museum)


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(Basilica de Guadalupe, Mexico City; detail of kiosko in Malinalco, Estado de México; New Polanco, Mexico City; Moorish Kiosko, Santa Maria La Ribera; street art and sign, Colonia Roma; Frida Kahlo’s Blue House, Coyoacán; old and new architecture, Puebla; façade of house, Mexico City)

Street scenes

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(Along Masaryk Street, Polanco; window cleaners along Reforma, Mexico City; table and chairs on street, Colonia Roma)

Museums and culture

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(El Vochol, Mexico City; close-up of Diego Rivera’s mural mosaic, Teatro de Insurgentes; one of the stained glass panels at Cosmovitral, Toluca; heads of the Atlantes in Tula, Hidalgo)

Abstract and patterns

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(Banana leaf, Chapultepec Park; red pyramids, Mexico City; colorful design on a giant alebrije, Mexico City; cactus garden, Chapultepec Park)

Look for opportunities to fill the frame and make your photos stand out even more.








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