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Framing Your Shots - Adding a frame to your shot, either while composing or back home, has various advantages.
Frames created while taking your shots will help lead the eye through the shot, add depth to images and help give a photo context. Windows and archways are obvious choices for frames but tree branches and leaves can also work well as frames. Frames don't have to cover four sides either - one or two branches curving around part of the image can work just as well. It's also worth considering if you want the frame to be in focus or not. If you're at a party, why not use people as your frame to draw attention to a particular person or group?
There are times when creating a frame within your image won't add anything to the shot so do think about your composition and if you really do need a frame before hitting the shutter button.
More traditional style frames can be added during Post Production and ePHOTOzine has various tutorials on adding a variety of frame styles to shots in the technique section of the site.
For Olympus camera owners there's also a third option and that's to add a frame to your image in camera from one of the various creative filter options some Olympus cameras offer.
The Olympus PEN E-P5 features a large amount of art filters, with each having a number of options and additional effects that can be applied such as a vignette frame. This camera, along with the XZ-10 compact and other cameras featured in the Olympus range, have a Photo Story mode too, which lets you combine multiple shots within a frame. Various frame options are available, and you can remove / add new images to the frames quickly by tapping the image you want to take out on the camera's screen. More information on how Photo Story works can be found in this article: Olympus Photo Story Tips And Ideas