How to Frame Your Photos and Store Them Digitally

Smart phone showing fireworks
Photo by Julie Tupas,

This post is a tip to frame your photos and capture a natural look by making sure the subject is placed well. Composition will improve the pictures that you take.

When you look into your camera, or your smart phone’s camera, here’s what you need to visualize.


The Photo Grid

Visualize your lens has a grid of nine equal rectangles. This is known as the “rule of thirds.”

A write up on recommends placing the subject on one of the intersections to get a natural look. It works for people and inanimate objects. Check the end of this post for a link to that and other articles.

This should give you confidence that your subject will be well-proportioned in relation to the rest of the image.


The Rule of Thirds

Rules are meant to be broken as the saying goes, especially if you find an innovative way of doing something. Rules offer a foundation to follow, build on, and come back to. So let’s look more closely at the rule of thirds.

A photographer writing up his understanding of the rule has his subject, in this case, a monkey, situated at the right third of the frame and looking toward the two-thirds of the scene. The monkey’s head is positioned at an intersection of the grid lines.

The head and eyes are the focal point, or the most interesting feature of the shot.

Use the “grid” concept to position the subject. When it’s done well, you convey action, movement or meaning even if the subject is still.


Ideas for Upcoming Photos

Father’s Day is coming up so think through how you’ll frame the shot. Consider having Dad standing at either the right third of the frame or the left third and looking toward the kids, wife, or another interesting element like a tree he planted or something he made.

Man looking into crib at infant
Photo by Helena Lopes on Unsplash

Now you have a bit of composition and interesting subject matter that you can save for the future.

Which brings up the point: what will you do with the pictures you take this summer?


Permanent Digital Storage

There’s no question that you’ll store your photos digitally. The question is what is the best way to do so?

As a photo coach, I help my clients in a few ways like:

  • Organizing photos—including showing what to keep and what to delete
  • Converting old media like slide shows, home movies, VHS tapes and more
  • Storing photos in easy-to-find online albums.

Photos that are stored in the system that I show you how to use are guaranteed to last a lifetime, plus 100 years. It’s like having photo insurance.

The pictures we take reveal a lot about the stories of our families. It’s personal history that we pass on to future generations—they’re memories that we need to safeguard.


Photo Storage Facts

I launched my career as a photo coach 26 years ago and I’ve always used the best, possible solutions for my clients.

You can compare companies that offer storage services, but I can absolutely say there’s no compression so that your photos are stored at 100% resolution.

There’s no data mining and no advertising in the system I offer. Your content is your content. Period.

Facebook and other social media sites will also say it’s your content but read the Terms of Service:

“…you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, and worldwide license to host, use, distribute, modify, run, copy, publicly perform or display, translate, and create derivative works of your content (consistent with your privacy and application settings).”

Also beware that companies can terminate their relationships with you at anytime.

If all or most of your photos were uploaded to Facebook / Instagram what risk do you think there is?

Have you ever known anyone to get locked out of their account for 24 hours or longer because they were told they violated a community agreement or setting?

If someone you follow posts a phrase or image that gets a complaint then you can be guilty by association. Don’t count on social media sites or even Google photos to be a safe haven.


I’m Here to Help

You may have more questions about organizing, converting, and storing photos and videos. Let me know how I can help.

Contact me for an initial, free consultation.

And if being a photo coach is of interest to you, then I’ll be glad to share how I got my start.


Stay Informed

Dig further into the topic of composing photos here:

How to Plan Your Picture Taking and Preserve Your Photos

Fun Photo Tips for a Memorable Mother’s Day Rule of Thirds in Photography

47 Essential Photography Tips for Beginners

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